Christie Administration Announces Reopening of Garden State Parkway

Downed trees, wires and flooding snarl roadways statewide


For Immediate Release                                                                     Contact: Michael Drewniak Tuesday, October 30, 2012                                                          Kevin Roberts



Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Turnpike Authority announced that it has reopened the entire length of the Garden State Parkway to traffic in both directions.  Motorists can utilize the roadway immediately and should expect the resumption of tolls at 2 p.m.

 The Parkway had been closed due to flooding yesterday from its southern terminus in Cape May County to Exit 129 near the Driscoll Bridge.

Motorists should be aware that many roadways throughout the state are obstructed as a result of downed trees, utility poles and flooding, so residents should continue to limit their travel and should check for closures on before starting a trip.

There are approximately 190 locations on state highways where travel lanes are closed due to storm damage.

Sections of the New Jersey Turnpike remain closed, including the southbound lanes between Exits 10 and 14 where NJTA crews are working to remove debris that floated onto the roadway. The northbound lanes in this area have been reopened.

The Turnpike remains closed between Exits 14 and 14C.  Additionally, the southbound ramp at Exit 15W to I-280 is closed due to a washout.

 Travel restrictions remain in place at all eastbound bridges to the barrier islands.

Approximately 1,300 Turnpike and NJDOT employees are working to restore all travel lanes and are coordinating efforts with utility companies.




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