Port Authority is Reopening a Newly Revamped Park at Pier 9 in Jersey City

After five years of renovating and replacing the deteriorating Pier 9, Port Authority announced that it is reopening a park and allowing public access to Jersey City’s Hudson River waterfront walkway.

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On September 3rd at 9:00AM, a section of the walkway that measures to about 182 feet long and the 10,000-square-foot park will reopen to the public. Prior to the restoration project, Pier 9 provided access to a Holland Tunnel ventilation building in Jersey City’s Newport section, and during construction, which removed the 88-year-old timber pier and replaced it with a durable concrete and steel structure, pedestrians had to detour onto River Drive.

The press release stated, “We are thrilled to return much-needed green space back to the community in better condition than when it closed for the pier project,” said Enrique Ramirez, general manager of the Holland Tunnel. “We thank Jersey City and Newport Associates Development Company for their cooperation and patience while we completed this critical project, which helps us maintain the Holland Tunnel and ensure that millions of motorists can breathe easier as they drive through the facility.”

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Initially, the restoration project was set to be revealed in 2021, but the construction was completed a year ahead of schedule and under budget. Demolition of the original timber pier that was built in 1926, began in September 2014. as a part of the construction happening on the Holland Tunnel. Pier 9 provides maintenance and emergency access to the New Jersey River Ventilation Building, one of the tunnel’s four ventilation shafts that house fans blowing fresh air into the tunnel.

According to the press release, 84 fans in the four ventilation buildings can replace all of the air inside the Holland Tunnel every 90 seconds. The replacement of the pier became a priority and was fast-tracked by the deterioration caused by marine wildlife. The new pier is expected to remain in good condition for at least 50 years.

“The pier replacement was a historic undertaking because we were removing a structure that dates back to the construction of the Holland Tunnel itself,” said Louis Post, a member of the project team. “The pier provides access to maintain Holland’s ventilation system, which was the world’s first mechanically ventilated system in an underwater vehicular tunnel. It is part of a groundbreaking feat of engineering that is still used in tunnels around the world.”

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As part of the replacement project, the Port Authority also renovated the public space next to to the pier, which still remains inaccessible to the public for security reasons. A portion of the waterfront walkway was replaced by new lighting, benches, and fencing. Public safety features were installed as well, including anti-vehicle bollards and security cameras. There was all-round landscaping throughout the pier and park. The entire project was estimated at $94.6 million, but the final cost was $86 million.

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The adjacent section of the walkway north of Pier 9 was also closed due to the construction of the nearby Ellipse residential development, creating a four-block detour of the waterfront path onto River Drive. With unrelated nearby construction also complete, the restoration of the walkway by Pier 9 will provide uninterrupted views of the Hudson River and the New York skyline for residents.


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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.