Officials: Three-way interchange at Exit 20 a possibility

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SEAVILLE – A three-way interchange at Exit 20 in Seaville is now a real possibility, according to officials here.

Township committee Monday approved a resolution supporting a full interchange at Exit 20, but adding that a three-way interchange would be a good start. Mayor Richard Palombo said state Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s office requested the resolution after talks with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), which operates the parkway.
“They have been in very positive negotiations on Exit 20 of the parkway,” said Palombo. “There are environmental concerns about a full interchange there, but there is strong consideration of a three-way interchange.”
Palombo said the new interchange would add a southbound exit at Exit 20.
“The parkway owns the right of way,” he said. “It would be just a shoulder exit instead of a full interchange. Any consideration for Exit 20 would be huge.”
The interchange at Exit 20 in Seaville has an entrance to the parkway heading south and an exit from the parkway heading north. Vehicles cannot get on the parkway traveling north there, and they cannot exit from the parkway traveling south.
Officials have sought a full interchange at Exit 20 for years, hoping it would ease congestion on Rt. 9. In the summer, 100,000 cars pass through Upper Township heading to Ocean City, backing up traffic on Roosevelt Blvd. and Rt. 9.
The state is currently performing a study to look at making Rt. 9 a four lane highway in Marmora because of traffic and Marmora’s status as a Town Center. Officials have said they would rather Rt. 9 stay two lanes, and have the parkway remain the main artery through Upper Township. A full interchange at Exit 20, along with the interchange at Exit 25, would help make that happen.
Other road improvements in Upper Township are underway or will be soon.
The NJDOT is installing a long sought traffic signal at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Hope Corson Road. The work will also include a new traffic pattern on Rt. 50, with left hand turn lanes at the intersection, which will be added later.
The traffic signal is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Palombo said NJDOT has also agreed to restripe Rt. 9 near Osprey Point from a dotted line to a solid line to stop cars from passing. Palombo said there is a bend in the road near the over 55 community that makes it difficult to see oncoming traffic, and residents of Osprey Point have had trouble entering or exiting the development.
Committee also approved a resolution asking the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to make changes on Rt. 9 at mile marker 22.5, near the southern boundary of Upper Township, that would increase safety.
Committeeman Ed Barr said there have been dozens of motor vehicle accidents along that stretch of road over the years. When it rains, the road floods and becomes even more dangerous, he said.

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