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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Joe Dee or Tim Greeley

RELEASE: September 1, 2011


Commissioner Simpson announces safety measures
for Labor Day weekend
Shore travel routes in good shape following storm

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner James Simpson today announced that the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike and Atlantic City Expressway are reporting no storm-related obstructions, operating at full capacity and ready for the holiday weekend crowds.

Additionally, other key shore routes such as I-195, Route 70, Route 35, Route 30 and Route 49 also are fully open to traffic. There are no storm related road, lane or ramp closures at all on state highways in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth or Ocean counties.

In addition, Simpson announced that all non-emergency construction on roads and bridges will be suspended to help promote safe travel over the Labor Day weekend.

“Now more than ever it is important that we take this step to maximize roadway capacity for our customers who will be visiting family and friends and taking trips to the many great recreational destinations throughout New Jersey,” said Commissioner Simpson.

All construction on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, September 2, until noon Tuesday, September 6.

The commissioner urged motorists to observe speed limits and other rules of the road and to ensure that every vehicle occupant uses a seat belt.

NJDOT offers motorists real-time travel information in multiple formats to help them adjust travel plans in response to traffic conditions. Motorists can get the latest traffic information by calling 511 or by going to www.511nj.org. NJDOT greatly increased the video coverage available to motorists this summer, with feeds from 180 new cameras, raising the total number of traffic cameras to 430.

Nearly 3.7 million motorists are expected to use the Turnpike this weekend, and 7.4 million motorists are expected to use the Parkway.

Drivers are encouraged to call the following numbers for roadside assistance or to report a disabled vehicle, roadside debris or other problems:

- On the Turnpike, call #95.
- On the Parkway, call #GSP (#477).
- On the Atlantic City Expressway, call #ACE (#223).
- To report aggressive driving on any road, call #77.
- Motorists should continue to dial 911 for emergencies.

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  Last Updated:  September 7, 2011