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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro, Kevin Israel or Daniel Triana
RELEASE: September 2, 2015

NJDOT suspends roadway construction
projects over busy Labor Day weekend

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that construction projects on roads and bridges will be suspended over the Labor Day weekend to help minimize congestion and help traffic flow as smoothly as possible.

All construction on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, September 4, until noon Tuesday, September 8.

NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Fox urges motorists to make it a safe holiday weekend by observing speed limits and other rules of the road and by ensuring that every vehicle occupant uses a seat belt.

Real-Time Traffic Information

NJDOT offers motorists real-time travel information in multiple formats to help them make informed decisions, save time and fuel costs, and avoid congestion.  Motorists can get the latest traffic information by calling 511 to reach NJDOT’s interactive telephone line, by going to www.511nj.org, or subscribing to any of 18 highway-specific Twitter accounts through 511nj.

These new Twitter accounts provide real-time traffic updates for major highways in New Jersey and can help followers adjust travel plans based on current traffic conditions. The 511nj Twitter accounts are one-way automated information feeds from New Jersey’s 511 service and are not consistently monitored by NJDOT or its partner agencies.

Motorists are encouraged to check for real-time traffic information before leaving and to follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info for NJDOT news.

New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway motorists can obtain real-time information and video images of traffic conditions on those major roadways by visiting the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) website at www.state.nj.us/turnpike.  

In addition, motorists may download SafeTripNJ, a free smartphone app that provides hands-free, eyes-free traffic information. Launch the hands-free app before you put your car in drive. The app uses the phone's internal GPS to locate your position and direction of travel. SafeTripNJ will sense when you are approaching a reported roadway condition and will start talking with streaming audio, telling you about active advisories that are ahead.

Safety Service Patrol

NJDOT’s Safety Service Patrol (SSP), which patrols 225 miles of interstate and state highways throughout New Jersey, also will be working through the holiday weekend to help keep traffic flowing smoothly. The SSP assists motorists whose vehicles have become disabled as a result of a crash, a mechanical failure or other cause, and provide safety for emergency responders.

The SSP is a year-round service that provides assistance such as changing a flat tire, pushing a disabled vehicle off to the shoulder, pulling a vehicle trapped in mud or snow back onto the road, providing a small amount of gasoline and making minor repairs. The service is provided free of charge.

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  Last Updated:  September 2, 2015