Atlantic County Drivers Feeling The Impact of the Parkway Widening Project
Drivers who use the Garden State Parkway between Exits 36 and 38, along with those who use Tilton Road between Fire Road and the Black Horse Pike, should get used to seeing traffic cones and blinking arrows.
As the final phase of the Garden State Parkway widening project makes its way into Atlantic County, several interchanges in our area will be getting a facelift. One is the newly redesigned -- but not yet open -- Exit 41 for Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway. Another is the very busy area between Exit 38 for the Atlantic City Expressway, Exit 37 for Washington Avenue, and Exit 36 for Tilton Road.
Over the next two years, while a third travel lane is added in both directions, crews will be working to better separate traffic between Exits 38 and 37 due to what the Turnpike Authority says is an area of, "weaving, congestion, and high crash rates." In addition, the Parkway will be getting full shoulders in both directions, some of the Exit 38 ramps will be widened, and the bottleneck at the bottom of southbound Exit 36 for Tilton Road will be addressed.
Over the next two years, seven bridges and overpasses will be worked on between Exits 36 and 38, but the Turnpike Authority says two lanes will almost always be open during peak travel times on the Garden State Parkway. Construction is expected to be finished roughly around the end of the summer of 2017 at an estimated cost of $80 to 90 million.