Tuesday, August 30, 2011

3,000 state workers reopened N.J. roadways

On Sunday four state agencies got together and cleaned up New Jersey’s roadways so it could be reopened. Work crews from the State Department of Transportation are having to work all day to clean up the obstacles in the road that were caused from high winds and rain. DOT, NJTRANSIT, the Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority have sent about 3,000 workers to clean up the road ways and form detours from floodwaters. Because the storm damage was so bad people are being asked to stay off the roadways so work crews will be able to clean up faster. Hundreds of floods conditions occurred because of the state average rainfall of seven inches. This was mainly along the flood prone rivers such as the Raritan, Rockaway, Saddle and Passaic. Over 300 roadway complaints of debris and flooding have been reported to DOT and the people are being asked to visit www.511nj.org. www.511nj.org is a website designed to give up to date information on the roadways and it also provides a map of areas that are still flooded or have debris. There is still a major safety issue because the water levels in the rivers have not gone down yet. The southbound lanes on the Garden State Parkway are opened with some detours between exits 98 and 91 and the eastbound lanes on the Atlantic City Expressway will be reopened by Sunday afternoon allowing car haulers to do there job.

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