On Monday, city officials announced that the next phase of the Main Street Two-Way conversion project is in effect.
Prior to Monday, Main St. was two-way north from Ward St and south from Atlantic St. The north side of Main St has now been extended from Ward St to Berry St. Drivers can now drive in both directions from Berry St north. The only section of Main St. that is not yet two-way is Berry St to Atlantic St. This conversion is scheduled to be complete by year's end.
"The two-way conversion is an essential piece in creating the downtown we envision,” said Deputy Mayor Kathy Canestrino. “This will help drive foot traffic on Main Street, allowing our small businesses to prosper. Our streets will be more accessible and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and it will help make Hackensack a better place to live. We are eager to see this project come along and hope to see it completed by the end of the year. "
Using "smart" urban planning principles, the Labrosse administration has aggressively updated zoning to promote more walkable, mixed-use development on and around Main Street. The result has been over $1 billion in total new real estate investment that will make Hackensack the cultural and economic engine of Bergen County once again.