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August 16, 2012
Four construction firms have been awarded contracts to widen lanes on a stretch of the Garden State Parkway starting in October. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority approved the contracts, totaling $330 million, on Tuesday. The firms will widen lanes and restore shoulders between Wall and Toms River. - AP
NEWS
January 28, 2012
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. - Violations have dropped from 9 percent to 3 percent since photo enforcement began targeting toll cheats in the exact-change lanes of the Garden State Parkway. Enforcement began in October, when authorities doubled the violation fee to $50. Officials had collected about $347,000 in tolls and administrative fees as of Monday. Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney told New Jersey Press Media that officials had waived 10,551 of the 87,120 violation notices issued as of this week.
NEWS
January 1, 2012
KENILWORTH, N.J. - State police say a woman trying to walk across the Garden State Parkway in northern New Jersey was struck and killed by a car. The woman, whose name was not released, was struck early Saturday near Mile Marker 140 in Kenilworth. Officials say the driver was unable to avoid the woman. It is unclear why the woman was trying to cross the highway. State police say no unaccompanied vehicles were found nearby, so it is unlikely that she had been driving there before the accident.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
New Jersey is temporarily suspending tolls on the Atlantic City Expressway and all parts of the Garden State Parkway south of the Raritan River as of 8 a.m. Friday. The move is an attempt to speed evacuation from the shore. Also at 6 p.m. Friday, Routes 47 and 347 in Cape May County will be closed to eastbound traffic and all lanes will be opened to westbound traffic only. In statement, Gov. Christie's office said, "As part of this process, all ramps will be tightly controlled and additional personnel will be used to ensure safety.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Saying traffic lights "have no place" on the Garden State Parkway - a lament of Cape May County residents and visitors for decades - state officials ceremoniously broke ground Monday on a $110 million project to remove the only three signals along the 172-mile toll road. Construction is expected to begin as soon as warmer weather prevails. It will take about two years and require the creation of bridges, overpasses, and ramps to give full access to the roadway at Interchanges 9, 10, and 11, where the lights now snarl traffic and create safety hazards.
NEWS
August 15, 2001
Annoyed at frequent backups at Garden State Parkway tollbooths? Tired of stopping every 20 minutes to toss 35 cents into a basket? Who isn't? Would you like to see tolls eliminated? You bet. What's not to like about a free highway? That kind of simplistic exchange is spawning feel-good plans to get rid of parkway tolls - as quickly as next year under Republican gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler's pie-in-the-sky plan. The financial charts in a Department of Transportation report commissioned by acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco offer a more sobering scenario: This is no free ride.
NEWS
February 9, 1994 | By Terri Sanginiti and Lara Wozniak, FOR THE INQUIRER The Associated Press contributed to this article
All twenty-three people, mostly senior citizens aboard a casino bus, were injured when it skidded and overturned yesterday afternoon on the Garden State Parkway en route from the Bronx to Trump Castle in Atlantic City. Police said there were no reported fatalities. The accident occurred at 2:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Exit 50, about 20 miles outside Atlantic City, police said. Rescue workers spent more than an hour and a half extricating victims from the bus while passengers screamed and yelled, authorities said.
NEWS
February 5, 2006 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Richard Miller stands in his Egg Harbor Township backyard - five miles from the nearest beach - he swears he can hear soothing ocean waves. At least until the roar of the engine brake from an 18-wheeler on the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway spoils the illusion. "When I hear the big trucks, then I know I'm living close to the parkway. But most of the time the traffic, to me, sounds like waves," says Miller, a computer analyst who moved six years ago from Pennsauken to this Atlantic County municipality to be closer to Ocean City's beaches.
NEWS
January 22, 2001 | By Connie Langland, Melia Bowie and Aamer Madhani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Two buses - one heading to Atlantic City and another returning from the resort town - were involved in weather-related accidents yesterday that injured more than 70 people. A tour bus trying to avoid a snowplow crashed into a guardrail on the Blue Route in Montgomery County, injuring more than 30 people. And in an earlier accident, a bus flipped onto its side in ice and snow on the Garden State Parkway about 60 miles north of Atlantic City, with injuries to 42 passengers. The rain that changed to snow also played a role in other minor car wrecks, but most of the region seemed to take the weather in stride.
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March 3, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writers
Freezing rain, slush, and snow made driving treacherous across much of the region Sunday, causing numerous crashes, some involving multiple injuries. The icy conditions prompted authorities to reduce the speed limit to 45 m.p.h. on most highways. More than 400 flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were canceled as the Federal Aviation Administration slowed traffic to cope with the storm and highway delays. Staffers were preparing to hand out cots, blankets, and water bottles if delays left travelers stranded after midnight, spokeswoman Diane Gerace said.
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Benjamin E. Cavileer Sr., 80, of Egg Harbor City, N.J., who retired in 2001 as the New Gretna toll plaza supervisor on the Garden State Parkway, died of complications from heart problems Thursday, Jan. 22, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Born in Lower Bank, Burlington County, Mr. Cavileer graduated from Egg Harbor High School in 1952 and served as an Army Signal Corps communications specialist at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Benning, Ga. He chose what became a three-decade career at Parkway toll stations because "he had a growing family and was looking for something that was steady," son Thomas said.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
CRANBURY, N.J. - In a collective sigh of relief, top state leaders met outside a New Jersey Turnpike service area Friday morning to hail a long-anticipated expansion of the major roadway that is expected to ease commuter frustration. The $2.3 billion turnpike-widening between Mansfield in Burlington County and East Brunswick in Middlesex County is expected to prove its worth in coming days, with the added northbound lanes set to open Sunday. Between Exits 6 and 8A, lanes in each direction were doubled, from three to six. North of that, to Exit 9, one lane was added on each side, bringing the whole turnpike portion in question to a span of 12 lanes.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
While easing human travels via the Atlantic City Expressway, New Jersey officials have admirably accommodated the rare reptiles that might venture to cross the highway. Better yet, they're deploying technology to make sure they do so. Vehicles traveling along the six-lane highway, which divides the Pinelands National Reserve, are a threat to some of New Jersey's already threatened wildlife population. One rare creature that finds its home in the Pinelands is the elusive northern pine snake.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - At a picnic area on the Garden State Parkway, Robert Marshall pulled over shortly after midnight to check a tire on his white Cadillac. He was walking to the rear of the car, he said, when he was struck on the head and knocked unconscious. When he came to, Marshall said, he found his wife, Maria, dead in the front seat of the car, with two bullet wounds to her back. She had been shot with a .45-caliber automatic pistol. The story didn't add up, and Marshall would be convicted of hiring his wife's killers.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODBURY Weeks before a proposal to privatize toll collections on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway is considered by the state Turnpike Authority, some South Jersey officials are expressing opposition to it. The Gloucester County freeholders and Monroe Township Council members have adopted resolutions against the proposal to hire a contractor to oversee manual and E-ZPass collections. The authority issued a request for proposals late last year, due by March 7. The authority board of commissioners is expected to hear presentations and make a decision by the end of April.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - One of the best parts of his job, Gov. Christie was explaining, is that he gets to avoid the traffic all too familiar to any New Jerseyan who has made the hellish drive into New York. "Maybe when you're on the train, you see the people in all the traffic trying to get to the Lincoln Tunnel," Christie told an 8-year-old at a town hall meeting last year. "When you're governor," he said, leaning in and pausing for comic effect, "they close the Lincoln Tunnel for you. And you get to drive right through !"
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Bus rides. Ask a former high school basketball star what he remembers best about the state tournament, and he'll talk about the packed gymnasiums and the big shots, the decisive plays, and the sound of the horn at the end of another victory. But invariably, he also will talk about the bus rides - the bumpy two-way trips with teammates, the rising anticipation of the journey to the games, the relief and excitement of the return home. "That's what I remember," LaMarr Greer said of his junior and senior seasons at Middle Township High School in Cape May County.
SPORTS
September 21, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
C.J. LaFragola used to wear blue and gold. Now he wears red and white. He used to play quarterback. Now he plays fullback. He used to travel down the Garden State Parkway every morning to Absecon. Now he goes inland to Hammonton. But some things are the same: It's Week 2, it's St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit, and the anticipation is building toward what will be one of the most hard-hitting and far-reaching games of the South Jersey football season. "It's like the South Jersey Super Bowl," LaFragola said of the game that will match his new team against his old team in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division clash Friday night at Holy Spirit.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
EVERY commercial fisherman has good days and bad days, stretches when the sea seems as barren as the moon and others when the nets are fat with fins, claws and shells. Matthew Camp, of Lower Township, Cape May County, had a recent run of good days aboard a scallop boat, the F.V. Nancy Elizabeth, and things were set to get even better Sept. 9 when he planned to buy an engagement ring and propose to his longtime girlfriend, Tabitha Bohn. Camp, 32, cashed a check for $12,000 at a bank that morning, stuffed the bills into his backpack and headed south on the Garden State Parkway on his motorcycle about 8 a.m. Then fate or a faulty zipper deep-sixed the day: All those bills fluttered out of his backpack, all those hours on the ocean tossed away like a shucked scallop shell.
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