Work causes long delays on Parkway

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Vehicles were bumper to bumper going north on the Garden State Parkway Monday morning as work continued on a multimillion-dollar project.

That was not to be the case Tuesday, however, according to New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney.

“Because of the heavy traffic, the contractor will only be allowed to close one lane tomorrow morning,” he said.

The work, expected to take about two years, will replace three traffic lights with overpasses in Middle Township. The lights will be removed at Crest Haven Road, Stone Harbor Boulevard and Shell Bay Avenue.

Major traffic delays are not expected this summer on the Parkway, Feeney said.

“The rules for a lane closure on that section of the Parkway are much stricter during the summer,” he said. “After May 15, the contractor will not be allowed to take a lane out of service during peak travel periods. More importantly, by summer, traffic will be moved onto the temporary diversionary road. The contractor will be working on a closed section of the highway. The normal number of lanes will be maintained in both directions.”

Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. of Pilesgrove is clearing trees, which will be followed by relocating utilities at the three intersections, Feeney said. The company is handling the work for $71.7 million.

The initial work also includes building a temporary road to divert traffic around the project, which should be under way in about a month and be completed in early June, he said.

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