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State St repairs begin
« Reply #274 on: July 12, 2017, 06:34:05 PM »
I'm not going to follow this job down to Essex St, but I can at least post what I've seen in the last week or so from home. If anyone else takes some shots that they happen to see elsewhere on State St, please post them.

(1-4) Although State between Ward and Passaic will remain one-way, they started chopping up part of the sidewalk and road right next to 40 Passaic on July 5.

(5) By July 8, someone had moved one of the large arrow signs over one lane - the lane where traffic was supposed to go - so it now became an obstacle course that was mostly an inconvenience for buses.

On Sunday the 9th, I walked over to 40 Passaic to see what they did to a street that I thought didn't have to change. The sidewalk's been halved and a good chunk of the right lane now has a curb in it (6). I don't know what that's for. The work continued around the corner onto Passaic St (7).

(8,9,10). There's not much left of the State/Passaic island.

On the 10th, the State sidewalk got new concrete and the adjoining new curb area got pounded (11). By evening, the sign confusion returned (12), but only to people in my building whose apartments faced State St.

On the 11th, the new curbed-in area got concrete (13), while on the 12th (today), the island only got the washings of a dirty cement chute (14). The truck left without pouring any cement. Odd.


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Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« Reply #278 on: August 16, 2017, 11:14:58 AM »
Preschool building damaged by 14-story project is coming down:

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2017/08/demolition-under-way-to-kick-start.html

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Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« Reply #279 on: September 07, 2017, 08:31:47 AM »
https://jerseydigs.com/hackensack-real-estate-22-west-camden-street/

(The Planning Board granted final site plan approval for this last night in addition to granting final site plan approval for the Holman site at Main and Anderson.)

Almost missed this one: http://www.njbiz.com/article/20170731/njbiz01/170729792/glory-days-restored-developers-officials-hope-to-return-bergen-county-city-of-hackensack-to-past-success-through-mixeduse-projects

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Re: State St repairs begin
« Reply #280 on: September 07, 2017, 06:06:09 PM »
Something new today on State St to see from my living room - line scraping. While one guy tried to sand off painted-on street lines, another guy followed him with a broom. They didn't seem to be making much progress, but they kept at it and eventually semi-succeeded.

Meanwhile, another guy was trying to push curb water up a slight incline with a broom and for some reason, the water kept running back to the street.

Sometime later, I noticed that lines had been painted for 3 big spaces (top pic) in an area that has had (and still has) two two-headed meters (4 spaces) for decades. The first person to use one of the new spaces (red car, middle pic) seemed so completely confused that the car wound up parked with the front end over the line and with a 2-headed meter (barely visible) blocking the driver's door.

The next 2 drivers (bottom pic) managed to park inside spaces, but there's a whole space to the far right that's now not even in play anymore.

Is this some early step where the meters get replaced soon after by 3 individual meters?

If you go back to the shot of the guy pushing water - which is about 20 yards south of these spaces, you can see the dividing line between where it was just paved last week and the unpaved section between this point and Ward St, which includes where these 3 new spaces are.

Why are they doing any road improvement when there will be heavy equipment there soon tearing down those 3 buildings?

BTW, as of yesterday, the Hanson office was still open and doing business. It's likely the drivers of the pictured cars were there to go into Hanson, but I didn't actually see anyone go in today.

It's my understanding that asbestos remediation and demolition were scheduled for August/September, but I've yet to see any sign of either activity, so what's the updated schedule?


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Re: State St repairs begin
« Reply #281 on: September 09, 2017, 08:23:24 PM »
One driver is paying attention to the lines and one prefers the meter (where the ignored fourth space is).

Can anyone explain why there are now only 3 spaces for 4 meters?


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Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« Reply #282 on: September 10, 2017, 12:23:20 PM »
YES, the new parking pattern is to have longer spots so cars don't have to back into the spots. 

You can't make this up, it's that stupid.  Evidently this has been done in other cities, but I've never seen it

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Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« Reply #283 on: September 10, 2017, 03:00:40 PM »
I know about the upcoming parking pattern, but wouldn't it be more sensible to yank the old two-headed meters out first and install two new single meters BEFORE you paint the new space lines to avoid the confusion that currently exists?

Besides - wasn't this plan supposed to be for the new two-way streets to avoid backups due to lengthy parallel parking attempts, since drivers can't go around them? This one block of State St between Ward and Passaic is to remain one-way, so why change it and halve the spaces when drivers can still drive around parallel parking attempts?

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Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« Reply #284 on: September 10, 2017, 06:07:44 PM »
 I guess you have never been in Westwood or Ridgewood...  both use the 2 space system on a very narrow main street... and it works...