In case you were worried, Hurricane Irene won’t be standing in the way of that holiday weekend you had planned at the Jersey Shore.
Officials from the New Jersey Department of Transportation say the agency is making good progress repairing roads and bridges damaged by the wind, rain and floods brought by Hurricane Irene over the past weekend.
Significant repairs on several roads and bridges are under way or in design, while hundreds of quicker fixes, from downed tree removal to minor road repairs, have been completed.
With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching, agency officials are eager to spread the word that main travel routes for trips to the Jersey Shore, including the Turnpike, Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway and state roads in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties, are operating with no storm-related obstructions.
In hard-hit areas of the state where damage to state roads and bridges remains, NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said employees and contractors remain determined to fix the problems as soon as possible. The commissioner toured hard-hit areas of the state with Governor Chris Christie and other cabinet members and is directing the repair and recovery effort with members of his senior leadership team.
“Hurricane Irene is long gone, but we continue to focus on every damage report, including new ones that have cropped up,” Simpson said in a news release. “The men and women of NJDOT will spare no effort until all damage is repaired.”
NJDOT has addressed more than 670 state road and bridge locations since Sunday, August 28 that were damaged or obstructed as a result of the storm and post-storm flooding.
The following state roads remained closed as of this morning (9/1):
- US 130 Southbound, Ward Av, (MM56.3) , Bordentown Twp, right lane closed – Sinkhole
- I-280 Eastbound, CR 508, (MM16.7) , Kearny, ramp closed – Flooding
- NJ 29 Both Directions, CR 546/Washington Crossing Rd, (MM12.0) , Hopewell Twp, all lanes closed and detoured -Emergency construction
- NJ 33 Both Directions, West of CR 571/Stockton St, (MM14.1) , Hightstown, all lanes closed and detoured – Emergency construction
- US 206 Both Directions, CR 533/Quaker Rd, (MM52.5) , Princeton Twp, all lanes closed and detoured – Emergency construction
- NJ 35 Southbound, Ernston Rd, (MM48.0) , Sayreville, right lane closed for repairs – Sinkhole
- US 46 Both Directions, East of NJ 159/Bloomfield Av, (MM52.0) , Montville Twp, all lanes closed – Flooding
- US 46 Eastbound, CR 615/Howard Blvd, (MM33.8) , Roxbury Twp, WB lanes have one lane open in each direction- Sinkhole
- I-80 Eastbound, Exit 53 – NJ 23/US 46, (MM53.6) , Wayne Twp, partial ramp closed – Flooding
- NJ 20 Both Directions, Broadway, (MM1.9) , Paterson, all lanes closed and detoured – Flooding
- NJ 23 Both Directions, South of CR 631/Main St, (MM4.3) , Little Falls Twp, all lanes closed – Flooding
- NJ 23 Both Directions, US 202, (MM6.8) , Wayne Twp, ramp closed and detoured – Flooding