$330M to Widen Garden State Parkway Lanes
Several contracts totaling $330 million to return missing shoulders and widen lanes on the Garden State Parkway between Wall and Toms River were approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority board this morning.
Four construction contracts were awarded for the work, which is scheduled to start in October, in addition to contracts for project oversight and to restore the environment around the widened highway.
The contract also includes replacement of bridges, some of which date to the original, early-to-mid-1950s construction of the parkway, said Richard Raczynski, authority chief engineer. The work is expect to take about three years, he said. The shoulders were converted to travel lanes by the New Jersey Highway Authority, which ran the Parkway.
The work is being done to decrease a high accident rate cited in a study done of that section of the Parkway. Speeds were lowered to 55 mph until the work is done and will be returned to 65 mph when it is done, Raczynski said
Authority commissioners also approved an agreement with the state Motor Vehicle Commission to sell “E-ZPass on the Go” tags in all motor vehicle agencies. About 75 percent of all drivers on the toll roads pay by E-ZPass, officials said.