A new and improved New Jersey Turnpike is just around the corner, right on time for the busy Thanksgiving travel season, according to the Turnpike Authority.
By the time holiday traffic rolls around, drivers will have the full benefit of a $2.3 billion widening that began in 2009, Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney said.
Feeney said the complex project proceeded on budget and on time despite some difficult winters. Six additional lanes were completed in May; but existing lanes were promptly closed for six months of resurfacing and repairs.
“So people are already driving on the new lanes,” Feeney said. “(As far as the resurfacing), all that is expected to be done by Thanksgiving. Then everything will be open.”
The project is intended to alleviate a chronically congested portion of the 120-mile toll road, from the vicinity of Interchange 6 in Mansfield to just south of Interchange 9 in East Brunswick.
Three new lanes were added in each direction between exits 6 and 8A, along with one outer lane in each direction between exits 8A and 9. Combined, it's a total 170 miles of new lanes.
“This has been the largest widening project in the history of the (Turnpike), in terms of miles added,” Feeney said.
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