With the Garden State Parkway Exit 105 reconfiguration project nearing its end, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is now focusing on another exit just a few miles to the north.
A public hearing on scheduled improvements to Garden State Parkway Exit 109 has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 4-8 p.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown.
According to a public notice, representatives of the Authority and its consultants will be available to discuss the project informally between 4-6:30 p.m. The official Public Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a brief presentation by the Authority followed by the opportunity for members of the public to make verbal or written comments on the project for the record. Written comments may also be submitted to the Authority prior to the hearing and until Thursday, February 8, 2018, which is the official closing date of the comment period.
Exit 109 is the connection between the Garden State Parkway and Newman Springs Road (CR 520).
The improvement project includes:
• The separation of the Newman Springs Road eastbound to the northbound parkway entrance ramp movement from the parkway northbound exit ramp traffic by constructing a new entrance loop ramp and bridge over Newman Springs Road east of the existing parkway bridges.
• The signalization of the new Newman Springs Road intersection with Schulz Drive West which will include the relocation of the parkway northbound exit left turn to Newman Springs Road westbound to this new intersection.
• The reconfiguration of the Newman Springs Road intersection with Half Mile Road to accommodate the Newman Springs Road eastbound left turn to Half Mile Road movement.
• The conversion of the Half Mile Road southbound left lane at Newman Springs Road from a shared right/left to a left turn only lane.
• The minor widening of Schulz Drive West between Newman Springs Road and the parkway northbound entrance ramp from Schulz Drive West to provide for a southbound right turn onto Newman Springs Road westbound.
"The Project is intended to improve the safety and operations of Interchange 109 by reducing vehicular traffic queues that currently extend onto the GSP northbound local (outer) roadway from the GSP northbound exit ramp and improving the flow of traffic destined to/from the GSP by eliminating the merge/weave condition between jughandle traffic from eastbound Newman Springs Road and GSP northbound exiting traffic," according to the public notice.