Manhattan Avenue Wall

Frequently Asked Questions

A Local Concept Development (LCD) Study is the first phase of the Local Capital Project Delivery Process for transportation improvements. During this phase, a Purpose and Need Statement will be developed focusing on the need to address the deteriorating conditions of the Manhattan Avenue retaining wall. This phase also includes data collection, developing conceptual alternatives and recommending a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA). This study will include coordination with County and local officials and extensive public outreach.

Many sections of the wall are in desperate need of repair, reconstruction or remediation due to major defects and structural deterioration involving vegetation growth, cracks, deteriorated joints, missing stones, seepage, bulging and leaning. The project will investigate options for stabilizing the Manhattan Avenue retaining walls, including the rehabilitation or reconstruction of its various segments.

  • Project Launched: September 2017
  • First Public Information Session: Spring 2018
  • Develop Project Purpose and Need Statement: Spring 2018
  • Develop Conceptual Alternatives: Summer 2018
  • Second Public Information Session: Fall 2018
  • Recommendation of Preliminary Preferred Alternative: Fall 2018
  • Submission of Draft Concept Development Report: Winter 2018-2019
  • Completion of Local Concept Development Study Phase: Spring 2019
  • Anticipated Project Completion: Summer 2019

No, the reason for this Study is to identify the current issues and needs regarding the Manhattan Avenue Wall and to develop the Purpose and Need Statement for repairs and improvements. The project is in the Local Concept Development (LCD) phase to identify the needs, develop alternatives and recommend a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) for improvements. A Resolution of Support from local officials is required. The project team will also coordinate with the regulatory agencies before advancing the project to design and construction. Hudson County and cooperating agencies will continue to seek community input on the design and proposed improvements during the LCD phase and future phases of the project.

This study will cost about $660,000 and is being federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Grant and executed jointly by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and its host agency, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) . There is no estimated cost of the design and construction of the project, since the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) has not yet been determined.

The primary tasks of stakeholder coordination and public engagement is to assist in the development of the project’s Purpose and Need Statement and provide input on the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA). The Project Team is very interested in knowing how the local community travels in and around the area of Manhattan Avenue, any traffic problems and how the public sees possible alternative solutions. Community outreach during the planning stages is a vital part of the LCD process and we encourage the public to participate.

Public meetings are a great way to make your voice heard and ensure the project meets the community’s needs. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can visit this website for project news, and to review meeting minutes and presentations. Naturally, attending a public meeting is the best way to stay involved and receive answers firsthand from the project team. However, if you still have questions, we’ve made it easy for you to reach a project representative with the hotline and online contact form. Project team members will return calls to the hotline, 201-564-0119, within 72 hours.

Hudson County, the NJTPA and NJDOT are all committed to developing improvements that best balance transportation needs, the environment, community concerns and cost. As part of the community outreach effort, numerous meetings will be held to share project information and obtain input.


  • Check this website regularly for updated information.
  • Complete the Community Input Survey or the Public Comment Form.
  • Attend the Public Information Center meetings.
  • Follow the project on Twitter for updates and links to resources.

Hudson County, the NJTPA and NJDOT encourage community members to voice their concerns and contribute suggestions to the Project Team. To provide input, please attend one of the public meetings or call the hotline at 201-564-0119. A Project Team member will return your call within 72 hours. Comments and suggestions can also be made via the online Public Comment Form.

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