Atlantic City Expressway wider this year on the way back to Philly

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 The Westbound lanes of the Atlantic City Expressway, prior to expansion (Mel Evans/AP Photo, file)

The Westbound lanes of the Atlantic City Expressway, prior to expansion (Mel Evans/AP Photo, file)

Shore travelers using the Atlantic City Expressway this Memorial Day weekend are in for many happy returns.

Kevin Rehmann of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which runs the expressway, said workers expect to finish the Westbound widening project in time for the holiday weekend.

Rehmann said they are “adding of a third lane beginning at the Garden State Parkway and ending at just West of Route 73 which is exit 31.”  He said construction began three years ago.

The toll road’s worst bottlenecks happen on the 24 mile stretch that has been widened, he said, so this should be helpful for beach traffic.

“Many of our patrons exit the expressway at 28 which leads to route 54 and north to the Trenton area and at 73 which is exit 31 which is north to the Philadelphia bridges,” he said.

The widening project cost just under $60 million and matches the eastbound widening of the toll road that occurred in the 1980’s

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