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Garden State Parkway Widened In Time For Memorial Day Holiday

Garden State Parkway (Credit: AP)

Garden State Parkway (Credit: AP)

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TOMS RIVER, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) – Motorists headed to the Jersey shore during the Memorial Day holiday will have an extra lane and shoulder on the Garden State Parkway.

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Transportation officials have opened a new third lane in each direction along a 17-mile stretch between Toms River and Long Beach Island.

The $225 million project has been in progress for nearly two years.

State Police Lt. Eric Heitmann told The Star-Ledger of Newark the addition of the shoulder is a huge safety improvement because police and motorists have had to pull over on the grass.

The second phase of the widening project will extend the third lane south for another 15 miles.

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