Increase pedestrian and bicycle safety on Port Authority managed roads of Weehawken

Increase pedestrian and bicycle safety on Port Authority managed roads of Weehawken

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Cara Nasello started this petition to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and

We ask the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the township of Weehawken, NJ and the NJDOT to work together to improve pedestrian safety on Boulevard East between 19th street and the 495 highway merge/overpass. The area in question surrounds the Lincoln Tunnel and is densely populated (Union City, Weehawken and Hoboken have a combined population of roughly 140K people). This area of Boulevard east is a primary access point for the Lincoln Harbor Ferry Terminal, NJ Transit Light rail stop, waterfront park of Weehawken, the Hudson River Walkway and waterfront shopping. Currently, the east side of the sidewalk is unprotected and no bicycle lane exists. The proposed changes for increased safety are:

1. Closure and removal of a northbound lane on Boulevard East between 19th Street and the 495 overpass. This area can be used to widen the sidewalk where it narrows north of the Port Authority Police Station and add a two way protected bicycle lane.  Closure of this lane to vehicular traffic will not affect bus traffic as no bus routes exist northbound on Boulevard east between 19th street and the 495 overpass. Additionally, the majority of personal vehicles are turning left at the 495 ramp to enter the highway and any northbound vehicle is just speeding into a single lane road north of the 495 overpass. 

2. Change the crosswalk setup under the 495 marginal on Boulevard East. The crosswalk needs to be on the north side of the highway ramp so that pedestrians can make a single safe crossing.

3. Make a right turn on red illegal when turning from Baldwin onto Boulevard East and vice versa.  Enforce this. 

 

 

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