NJ Digs: One of the largest infrastructure ventures in the history of New Jersey has finally kicked off after years of planning and further work to provide flooding relief in Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City is scheduled to ramp up later this year.
Late last week, Governor Phil Murphy was the master of ceremonies at a press conference to officially announce the beginning of construction on the Rebuild by Design project. Held at Hoboken’s Pier A Park, Murphy was joined by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development’s Marcia Fudge and other dignitaries including Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Albio Sires, Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Shawn LaTourette, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.
The resilient infrastructure project, made possible by over $230 million in federal funding from Superstorm Sandy recovery, aims to protect communities along the Hudson River from storm surge flooding and rising sea-level threats posed by climate change. Hoboken was awarded the funds after winning a design competition back in 2014.