Shore plans? Roads are looking good

David Madden
May 20, 2018 - 10:00 pm
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SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — We're waiting with bated breath for the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer around here. 

So are the roads down the shore ready for the onslaught of vacationers and day-trippers looking for some fun and sun? 

The answer is yes — for the most part.

One big change: The five toll bridges along Ocean Drive, connecting the barrier islands in Cape May County, are now accepting E-ZPass. 

"The bridges are all manned regardless, because we have to open them for marine traffic. So you will be able to pay cash," said North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, who chairs the Cape May County Bridge Commission. "We are still accepting the tickets and tokens that we have been selling over the years."

Work on the Garden State Parkway in Egg Harbor is just about finished, along with a project atop the Parkway at Exit 7 of the Atlantic City Expressway.

As for non-toll roads, the state of New Jersey has a policy: Leave the shore roads alone on weekends, starting this weekend.

"On Memorial Day weekend, there are no closures permitted starting at 6 a.m. Friday, May 25, through noon Tuesday, May 29, unless there's any type of emergency work that's necessary," said New Jersey Department of Transportation spokesman Dan Triana. 

But heads up in Ocean County: On Route 72 near Manahawkin, there will be repair crews on weekday evenings though most of the summer.