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Curb appeal? Officials having second thoughts on ‘bump outs’

Bump outs, or curb extensions intended to enhance pedestrian safety, are being criticized in Hoboken by some of the same officials who approved them last year under a Washington Street redesign plan. Critics say the bump outs narrow the roadway and could block emergency vehicles and stall traffic. (Photo by Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media)
Bump outs, or curb extensions intended to enhance pedestrian safety, are being criticized in Hoboken by some of the same officials who approved them last year under a Washington Street redesign plan. Critics say the bump outs narrow the roadway and could block emergency vehicles and stall traffic. (Photo by Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media)

HOBOKEN — After voting last year to approve a Washington Street redesign plan that included so-called “bump outs” intended to improve pedestrian safety, Councilman Ruben Ramos is now calling for a halt to their construction. “I don’t think we understood or noticed how big these bump-outs really were,” Ramos said in an interview, likening the curb…

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