Boswell Engineering (Boswell) prepared a site plan, Individual Waterfront Development Permit and Army Corps of Engineers Individual Permit for the construction of a 840 lf. section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and the installation of an 8’ public fishing pier and dock in the City of Hoboken, New Jersey. The installation of this waterfront walkway eliminated a known “gap area” creating a contiguous river walk from Castle Point Park to Sinatra Park. The project also included the rehabilitation of a collapsed bulkhead and parking facility located adjacent to the walkway.
The riverfront walkway extension was constructed as a free-standing structure supported by 14” steel shell piles for maximum durability. This design was necessary since the existing on-site pier was not structurally sound and portions of the bulkhead had already collapsed. The steel pilings were crowned with concrete pile caps to support the decking which consists of 12” pre-cast concrete planks and 6” x 9” brick pavers.
The main goals of the project were to achieve the following objectives:
- Redevelop the existing waterfront- The waterfront has presently been revitalized in several key areas, and will continue to progress using methods consistent with the New Jersey Department of Community Affair’s Office of Smart Growth.
- Reestablish the public’s right of access- Recently the City of Hoboken, through property acquisition and coordination with private owners, has allowed the public to enjoy the unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline on a daily basis.
- Provide the public with a number of recreational facilities and areas of open space- The proposed walkway enhanced the type of activities offered along the Hudson River waterfront by providing the public with an 8’ wide fishing pier and docking facility for oceanic research vessels owned by the Stevens Institute of Technology.
- Decrease traffic congestion- In the past, the public was not given the option of walking to the ferry or PATH system. However, following construction of Pier A and Sinatra Park, an overwhelming percent of commuters preferred to use these pedestrian corridors.
- Educate the public- The walkway project will also provide the public with educational material, in the form of signs and dedications, to inform the public concerning the historical value and economic significance of the Hudson River Waterfront over the past 100-years.