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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill

RELEASE: August 26, 2005

Office of the Governor


Codey calls for Parkway improvements in South Jersey

(Trenton) - Acting Governor Richard J. Codey today directed the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Turnpike Authority to address traffic congestions issues occurring on the southern section of the Garden State Parkway.

"There are few things in life more frustrating than wasting time in traffic," Codey stated. "We need to pursue improvements to our roadways that will allow residents and vacationers to travel with greater ease. Less time in traffic means more time to spend enjoying our lives."

Codey directed DOT and the Turnpike Authority to make improvements at Exit 25 on the Garden State Parkway. This single lane exit is currently unable to handle excess traffic and vehicles are backing up on the Garden State Parkway disrupting traffic. The scheduled improvements include:

· Constructing a full 1,200-foot southbound deceleration lane with a 10-foot shoulder along the mainline. This will get traffic exiting at Interchange 25 off the mainline GSP, improving safety.

· Widening the existing southbound exit ramp to two lanes to the approach to the Roosevelt Boulevard intersection.

· Coordinating the timing of traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9 and Roosevelt Boulevard and the intersection of Route 9 and Marmora Road.

· Reconfiguring the entrance to an adjacent commuter parking lot eliminating the opposing movement at the end of the ramp and allowing for a right-turn into the commuter parking lot from Roosevelt Boulevard westbound.

Additionally, he has asked DOT and the Turnpike Authority to explore options to help alleviate congestion at Exit 20 of the Garden State Parkway.

"With traffic volumes steadily increasing throughout Southern New Jersey, the NJDOT and the NJ Turnpike Authority are always looking for ways to relieve congestion and improve traffic flow along our roads," stated NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere. "Governor Codey's announcement signals a major investment in congestion relief for Southern New Jersey that will significantly improve the quality of life for towns along the Garden State Parkway. This project is yet another example of the State's financial commitment to fixing the transportation system throughout southern New Jersey."

"I would like to thank the Governor for his prompt response and for personally coming to Cape May County to address these requests. His support and commitment to South Jersey is greatly appreciated. We must do whatever it takes to alleviate this horrific traffic situation. I am happy that the improvements to Exit 25 are already in progress and encourage the Department of Transportation to act swiftly in their study of Exit 20.We need to act before someone loses their life or is seriously injured. We can not let this happen, we need immediate action and we need it now," said Van Drew.

Codey's traffic relief initiatives:

· In May, Codey announced he is accelerating the addition of one-way tolling at the Bergen Toll Plaza two years ahead of schedule. Workers will remove toll barriers from the plaza's southbound lanes in time for Memorial Day 2006 - not 2008, as originally planned.

· Codey also directed the Turnpike Authority to develop a plan for the installation of one-way tolls at the Great Egg, New Gretna and Cape May toll plazas in 2006 - matching the new timeline for the Bergen Toll Plaza.

· Also in May, Codey announced the Barnegat Toll Plaza will benefit from one-way tolling and Express E-ZPass as part of a new project to widen a 17-mile stretch of the Parkway in Ocean County. That project will add a 12-foot-wide travel lane and a 12-foot-wide shoulder on both the northbound and southbound sides of the Parkway, from Interchange 63 to Interchange 80.

· Express E-ZPass became operational at the Parkway's Asbury Park, Raritan and Toms River toll plazas May 25, three days ahead of schedule and just in time for Memorial Day Weekend 2005. Combined with one-way tolling already in place at the Asbury Park and Raritan plazas, Express E-ZPass at the three locations now makes it possible for E-ZPass customers to drive more than 70 miles without slowing down to pay a toll.

. Codey's larger initiative to ease the flow of traffic throughout New Jersey includes the plan to widen a 20.1-mile stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike, from Interchange 8A in Middlesex County to Interchange 6 in Burlington County.

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