NEWARK, NJ — Residents of Jersey City, Hoboken and other Hudson County Waterfront communities will benefit from a project approved today by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors that will complete a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
The Board awarded a $6.4 million contract to Simpson & Brown, Inc., of West Cranford, NJ, for the construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning the east end of the Long Slip Canal adjacent to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at Hoboken Terminal.
"The Long Slip pedestrian bridge is a critical link in the development of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, offering ready access to the transportation options at Hoboken Terminal," said Governor Jon S. Corzine. "Construction of the bridge will provide residents of Waterfront communities with access to employment, education and recreation centers without the need to get into a car."
"I am proud to have worked to garner federal funding to make several stretches of this walkway a reality. This is a key connection between two thriving Waterfront cities—one that will further extend the reach of public transportation options for local residents," said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. "I look forward to the completion of this crucial segment of the Waterfront Walkway and the benefits it will bring to New Jersey."
"By building the Long Slip bridge, we will integrate the Waterfront Walkway into our multimodal transportation network," said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. "With the Walkway offering non-vehicular access to NJ TRANSIT and trans-Hudson services at Hoboken Terminal, walking, biking and other recreational activities can become viable modes of transportation."
The bridge will connect the nearby Newport section of Jersey City with Hoboken Terminal, providing pedestrians with a direct path to light rail, commuter rail, bus, PATH and ferry services.
"The new pedestrian bridge will provide convenient access from other Waterfront communities to all that the City of Hoboken has to offer—both as a transportation hub and a center for recreation, shopping and nightlife," said Hoboken Mayor David Roberts.
"We look forward to this project bridging the gap for our Newport area residents who will be able to walk to Hoboken, and we equally welcome the visitors from Hoboken and beyond that will have easy pedestrian access to our vibrant community," said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy.
"Thanks to Senator Menendez’s support, we have funding for a project that is essential to completing the Waterfront Walkway on the south side of Hoboken Terminal," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "Convenient pedestrian access to and from our bus, rail and light rail services will open up new travel opportunities for many residents."
NJ TRANSIT’s portion of the Waterfront Walkway will link to a new temporary walkway connecting the Long Slip pedestrian bridge to the Newport section of Jersey City. The temporary walkway will be constructed by the Newport Associates Development Company, the developers of Newport, and will be completed in advance of the pedestrian bridge.
Construction of the bridge will begin later this fall, with completion expected in spring 2009.
About the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway currently extends along nearly 15 miles in Hudson County and encompasses state, county and municipal parks. Once complete, it will provide a contiguous 18.5 mile linear walkway system of parks, piers and open space along the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay waterfront, extending from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge.
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing nearly 865,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.