The wheels of progress move slow (in this case five years of study), but they are moving to reconstruct the mess that is the Exit 109 interchange on the Garden State Parkway.
If you live locally, you know what I mean.
Surrounded by office buildings, a Park-and-Ride and a massive number of commuters entering and exiting 109, it can be a slow and confusing ride.
If you’re traveling east on Newman Springs Road and want to go north on the GSP, you have to take the jughandle, and contend with the exiting traffic from the GSP on your right.
Bids for the project are expected to be requested by April, construction to begin in July and be finished by August 2019 according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), which manages the Garden State Parkway.
So, what’s the plan?
Newman Springs Road Construction
A new northbound entrance ramp would be created.
A new traffic signal and two lanes would be added for traffic exiting the parkway which will allow you to turn left.
An additional lane would be added to eastbound.
Half-Mile Road Construction
At the Newman Springs road intersection, all traffic will continue straight through the light.
According to an NJTA, most of the construction will happen off these roads and delays or lane closures will be minimal and are scheduled for overnights or weekends.
Got that? Pictures tell a thousand words so check out the attached site plan.
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