Garden State Parkway widening scheduled to begin late summer

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Laura Stetser/Parkway widening is expected to begin late summer, early fall 2014 Laura Stetser/Parkway widening is expected to begin late summer, early fall 2014 EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The proposed Garden State Parkway widening project is set to begin by late summer, according to John T. Whithers, supervising engineer for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Whithers and other officials were on hand in the Egg Harbor Township Community Center on Wednesday, April 9 to explain the design plans to the public.

 The project will widen the northbound and southbound lanes of the roadway from milepost 35 to 38. Other improvements include new overhead guide signs, ramp lighting, and guide rails. The construction is an effort to reduce congestion and crashes in this area, Whithers said.

 There will also be interchange improvements include separating the Parkway interchange at exit 37 and the interchange at exit 38, widening the entrance to exit 38 into two lanes and providing an auxiliary lane to exit 36 as well as creating an acceleration lane on Tilton Road to accommodate traffic exiting on exit 36.

 The construction work will be scheduled during off-peak hours and if ramp closures are needed they will only be for one day at the most, he said.

 Officials from Egg Harbor Township have expressed an interest in connecting the Harbor Square, or Shore Mall, to the Parkway exit. Whithers said the Authority’s plans would allow such a connection.

Any connection with Harbor Square would necessitate the township to secure all of the easements and approvals before moving forward. 

Laura Stetser/Parkway widening is expected to begin late summer, early fall 2014 Laura Stetser/Parkway widening is expected to begin late summer, early fall 2014


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