Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Councilman Ravi Bhalla: 'Let's talk about Washington St. improvements'

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:


Dear Friends and Neighbors,


If you have an opinion about Washington Street and want to learn about its potential future design, I hope you’ll come to a special City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall (94 Washington St.).

The meeting will include a presentation by T&M Associates, the engineering firm developing the final design for our City’s main street.  The City Council will then be asked to vote on a resolution to approve a final design at a meeting on Feb. 17.

Washington Street is one of the treasures of our City, but it is in need of major upgrades.  It is one of the City’s most dangerous streets, with more than 300 crashes between 2013 and 2015, according to City data. In addition to paving the road, the new plan would include pedestrian countdown timers, curb extensions, protected bike lanes, optimized traffic signals to increase travel times, and more.

The presentation will reflect the results of multiple community meetings and workshops about shaping our most popular thoroughfare. I hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments, please feel free to e-mail me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com.

Other Updates

- I wanted to spread the word about a new group called the Hoboken Democratic Social Club. On February 9 at 7 p.m., the group will host their first event at Moran’s (corner of 5th St. and Garden St.) to watch the New Hampshire Primary Results. The group was recently formed to bring together Democrats in Hoboken to meet, socialize, and generate ideas to advance our community! For more information, click here. 

- In the wake of the tragic death of a young man on our waterfront, I wanted to extend my condolences to the Genovese family for the loss of Matthew. As an elected official, I look forward to speaking with other officials in our City about how we can ensure we have an effective camera system on our waterfront so that our police officers have the tools necessary to do their job. Thank you to the Hoboken Police Department for their work in this case as well, as I believe it is important to recognize the impact these tragedies have on all those involved.

If you have any questions about any issues, please feel free to contact me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com. I hope to see you all next Monday and Tuesday.

Sincerely,
Councilman Ravinder S. Bhalla