Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that railroad crossing improvements will be installed soon at two locations in Bayonne, Avenue J and the East 5th Street Connector. Mayor Smith said, “I would like to thank the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for upgrading these two worn-out railroad crossings in our community. We have been pushing for years for these improvements, and are happy that our efforts have been successful. Both locations need new tracking and surfacing. The City of Bayonne will work with all parties involved to minimize the impact of construction on Bayonne residents and businesses. When construction is complete, each crossing will offer safer passage for trains and other vehicles that travel through Bayonne.”
The NJDOT projects work to begin on upgrading the Avenue J railroad crossing on or about Tuesday, July 15, weather permitting. Avenue J is a short, industrial street on Constable Hook, on the East Side of Bayonne. Tracks Unlimited, the contractor for the project, will remove the old surface, ties, and tracks at the Avenue J location. The new installation will include new precast concrete surfacing and rails. During the work, which is estimated to take approximately two days, Avenue J will be closed at the crossing between New Hook Road and East 22nd Street. Traffic will be redirected from Avenue J to New Hook Road, Route 440, and East 22nd Street. Avenue J will be closed in both directions. The street will be barricaded. The road will be closed until construction is complete. The work will necessitate an overnight closing. Signage will be posted in advance to announce the street closing and detours.
The date of construction for the East 5th Street Connector crossing will be announced. Before agreeing to a construction date, City Administration officials asked the NJDOT to coordinate its construction schedule with the Port Authority’s Bayonne Bridge project, in order to minimize any negative impacts on Bayonne residents. After a date for the work has been established, there will be a road closing at the 5th Street Connector and Ingham Avenue. The work will take approximately two days. New precast concrete and rails will be installed at the crossing. During construction, East 5th Street will be closed to most traffic between Lexington and Isabella Avenues. Only local traffic will be allowed. Longer-distance traffic will be directed to Lexington Avenue, 5th Street, Kennedy Boulevard, and Route 440. South-bound traffic should use Avenue A, 1st Street, and Lexington Avenue during construction.