Newark Plans Improvements for Walkers and Bikers Near NJPAC

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Changes could be coming to intersections in the vicinity of Military Park and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Signs posted throughout Downtown Newark as part of the “Newark Walks” initiative promote traveling around the heart of New Jersey’s largest city on foot, but one corner near two of the central business district’s most-visited attractions has long been challenging for those not in a car.


Walkers traveling north along the east side of Broad Street reach a dead-end of sorts when they get to the intersection with Park Place after Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral.

There is no crosswalk connecting the corner with the other sides of Broad Street or Park Place, forcing pedestrians to jaywalk across one of these busy thoroughfares or turn around to find a safe place to cross.

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Downtown Newark.

However, changes could be coming to this intersection and several others in the vicinity of Military Park and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The City of Newark issued a request for proposals in May for individuals or companies interested in conducting a concept development study for the Newark Riverfront Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Project.

“Pedestrian crossings at intersections, especially the intersections of Central Avenue/Broad Street and Rector Street/Broad Street, have a number of deficiencies and conflicts resulting in [an] unsafe and confusing pedestrian crossing experience,” the document states.

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Newark Riverfront Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Project.

The request, which was prepared by the Newark Department of Engineering, also notes that there are no bike lanes in the corridor that this project is expected to cover.

“While McCarter Highway’s configuration serves vehicles well, it creates difficulties for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the arterial,” the request adds. “Access between Center Street and Newark’s downtown and riverfront continues to be a challenge for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

The project is reportedly being funded through a Federal Highway Administration grant and would take up to a year and a half.

“Improvements can include new curb and sidewalk, ADA curb ramps at all crosswalks, new traffic signals at all intersections as necessary within the project area, enhanced pedestrian scale street lighting, street furniture, dedicated bike lanes, bicycle racks and public transit amenities,” according to the request.

Proposals are due at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Oh wow! I’m jumping for joy. Jersey City gets everything and the only thing Newark gets is more violence, fires, graffiti, illegal dumping , and open air drug markets.

  2. ^If that’s the only thing you see that Newark gets then you’ve programmed yourself to only look for exactly that. JC certainly tracks much higher for development, but Newark’s has had plenty of its own development the last 10 years (and a growing population, albeit slowly)

  3. Edward, dont even bother. You can throw empirical data about Newark at Joe and he will still argue the same thing. Trust me, I have tried on multiple occasions. He isnt interested in actual objective facts, like Newark’s decreasing crime rating; increasing property values; increasing market rate housing; better credit rating; growing population… it goes against his old as dirt world view of the city. Just do what I have done and just ignore him, its just unnecessary stress at this point.

    Newark could be one of the wealthiest cities in the country right now, and I am sure Joe would find one blade of grass out of line and use it to prop up his out dated views.

  4. I thinks that’s a good idea. I believe more individuals will offer to help if they new where to go to offer there community services. Or more or less if there was any companies that needed their help. Me for one am pro for community servicing.

  5. Joe people like you I just don’t understand. I am not even going to say anything or prove how your wrong but I am going to say this. If Jersey city so perfect why is it still second place to Newark.
    Ill wait for you to answer that question.
    Jersey city has no port, no airport, no major train station with trains connecting it with other cities across the U.S. People from JC rely on Newark Airport, Newark and NY Penn station.
    We all Know JC still has it’s problems and those big skyscrapers are blocking it from NYC view.

  6. I worked in downtown Newark for 33 years and in that particular area for several of those years. The area has really changed for the better and there was still lots of revitalization going on when the pandemic hit. I am glad to hear that they are looking to make safe crossings for pedestrians. Those intersections are really dangerous for foot traffic. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to ride a bike there even with these upgrades because the rush hour traffic is always horrendous!!! If only they could fix that!

  7. Newark Mayors in the early 1900s wanted Newark to be a major American city, America’s 12th largest Metropolis and its major roadways were given sufficient width to accommodate 1 million people.

    Today’s Newark leaders are not interested in the city’s greatness and see the city as a social justice dispensary. They have no interest consolidating Essex County back to the city of Newark at it was in the beginning. Not even as a City-County merger that will preserve the other municipalities as boroughs within the bigger city. They’re only interested in maintaining the small 280,000 constituency that are easy votes. The early city leaders wanted Newark to be a great world City and designed its roadways that way. Today’s city leaders have a backwards Suburban mentality of low-density and are now seeking to reverse these great attributes of Newark under the stupidity of road diet end bike Lanes seldom-used.

    Sometimes I think maybe my city will be better off if it got annexed by Jersey City or even better, seceded from New Jersey and became the 6th great borough of New York City.

    The way my city is headed now, I fear we will be eclipsed by Jersey City this decade.

    Mayor Baraka is also taking this last Point lightly. he simply dismisses it by saying “people always know Newark is the largest city”

  8. ROMAN you hit the nail. you are perfectly accurate and i dont live in Newark but there seems to be some evaluation of why Jersey City for the past fifteen years is undergoing major revitalization and continue on…. now with all that Newark has and its way behind after over so many years only got worse with crime? now that blame is on the previous Mayors of Newark and i always wanted to live there because of Newark Penn Station and so many buses to all major connection yet the city just rot for years. They need a good Planning department and remember the city is very large so one by one slowly construction proposal will take another fifty years to see any improvement. THOSE PAST MAYORS SHOULD BE IMPEACH FOR NOT DOING ANYTHING WHILE IN OFFICE…

  9. NEWARK LIKE EAST ORANGE should not have to wait for so many years to start seeing any improvement and revitalization the these cities. with low income mostly ….. crime high,,,,, bad schools….. etc……while JERSEY CITY see all the new constructions and revitalization sky high with new business going in all over the city and of course there is nothing super special about Jersey City. So the investigation is WHY IT TAKES ALL THESE YEARS FOR SOMETHING TO START HAPPENING….. LACK OF GOOD MANAGEMENT!!! ITS THAT SIMPLE … AS A MANAGER MYSELF I DONT BELIEVE IN EXCUSES BUT IN SOLVING PROBLEMS AS EVERY PROBLEM HAS A SOLUTION. SO VOTING IN THE RIGHT PERSON IN OFFICE IS CRITICAL. All these cities way in new jersey are much better off economically and with good social services…good businesses… clean street and high rent without good transit system

  10. I agree with James on the mismanagement
    Point, but I’ll offer there’s also deliberate sabotage to prevent a true renaissance, other than “low income housing”.
    My opinion on “inclusionary zoning” is to keep away the type of redevelopment you see in JC & even neighboring
    Harrison. Just Bayonne boxes & “Help usa” type low income apartment buildings.

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