TRENTON –Construction projects on state roads and bridges will be suspended over the Memorial Day weekend to significantly reduce the need for temporary lane closures, officials announced.
“Suspending work over this busy travel weekend allows us 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 New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson.
All construction on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, May 28, until noon Tuesday, June 1.
The commissioner urged 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.
NJDOT offers motorist real-time travel information in multiple formats to help them adjust travel plans in accordance with traffic conditions. Motorists can get the latest traffic information by calling 511 to reach the NJDOT’s interactive telephone line or by going to www.511nj.org
Turnpike and 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. The NJTA greatly increased the video coverage available to motorists earlier this week, with feeds from 79 cameras on the Turnpike and 70 on the Garden State Parkway.
Nearly 3.8 million motorists are expected to use the Turnpike this weekend, and 7.1 million motorists are expected to use the Parkway.
The New Jersey State Police are involved in several safety campaigns:
· New Jersey State Police (NJSP) is joining law enforcement agencies nationwide in conducting a “Click It or Ticket” campaign, from May 24 through June 6. The campaign calls for zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with a special emphasis on teens.
· From May 1st through the summer, NJSP will be targeting aggressive drivers through the New Jersey Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program (NJTACT). The goal of NJTACT is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities by combining outreach, education, and targeted enforcement.
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.
Calls are toll and airtime free with most major New Jersey cellular suppliers. Any motorist with a cellular phone can expedite aid to disabled vehicles by simply dialing this number. Callers should note the nearest mile marker, the direction of travel and a description of the vehicle.
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