Two-Way Conversion Main Street and State Street

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Project Information

  • Location: Hackensack, New Jersey


  • Client: City of Hackensack


  • Disciplines: Traffic Studies; Roadway Design; Traffic Signal Design; Streetscape Design; Stormwater Management

The City of Hackensack, which serves as the Bergen County Seat, undertook converting two (2) of its major downtown arterial thoroughfares from one-way to two-way roadways. The two-way conversion along 1.25-mile sections of Main and State Streets is a major contributory component for the overall redevelopment of the downtown mixed-use of business and residential revitalization. This project involved extensive intersection improvements and the replacement of eleven traffic signalization systems with new state-of-the-art traffic responsive equipment.

This $4.5 Million two-way conversion project was essential to effectively and safely maintain pedestrian and vehicular traffic movement through the Central Business District (CBD), and to the County Administration offices, the County Court House, and retail, commercial and residential buildings along Main and State Streets. It further necessitated a coordinated effort with the City, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the County of Bergen, New Jersey Transit Bus Operations, the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYSW) and PSE&G.

The new signalization is now fully actuated as part of an integrated, adaptive, interactive signal system with additional traffic cameras to directionally monitor traffic flow and with the capability of bus pre-emption activation. Two (2) of the signals were wired into the NYS&W railroad pre–emption circuits, making the signals safer and much more effective. Both roadways were resurfaced curb-to-curb, and long-lasting pavement markings, signage and new street lighting were installed. Additionally, streetscape amenities were incorporated into the project installed in order to enhance the redevelopment area and establish an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere throughout the CBD.

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