Labor Day: the annual mass shore exodus

     A webcam shot of motorists heading away from Long Beach Island on Route 72 in Stafford at 1:35 p.m. today. (Image:  511nj.org)

    A webcam shot of motorists heading away from Long Beach Island on Route 72 in Stafford at 1:35 p.m. today. (Image: 511nj.org)

    The mass summer exodus has been ongoing since the morning. 

    There are pockets of heavy traffic on roadways heading away from the coast, including the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.

    Expect traffic to continue all day. 

    Showers and thunderstorms will complicate travel, but with no sun in the fun today, traffic appears to be steady and will likely be lighter later, as many have decided to vacate shore points earlier than usual. 

    Be sure to check New Jersey 511 for current traffic conditions. The latest from the service:

    As of 1:22pm, there are Delays on the Garden State Parkway northbound between North of Exit 77 – Berkeley in Beachwood and Exit 83 – US 9 North in Toms River Twp 5 mile delay, 30-35 minute additional travel time.

    As of 1:29pm, there are Pockets of Volume on the Atlantic City Expressway westbound from Exit 12 – US 40 – Wrangleboro Rd in Hamilton Twp to Exit 44 – NJ 168 in Washington Twp.

    As of 1:28pm, there’s an Accident on the Atlantic City Expressway westbound at West of Exit 28 – NJ 54 in Hammonton. Left lane closed.

    As of 1:20pm, there are Delays on NJ 47 northbound from North of NJ 347 to NJ 55 in Maurice River Twp delays due to volume.

    As of 1:45pm, there are Delays on NJ 49 westbound from CR 659/Railroad Av in Upper Twp to CR 646/Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Rd in Maurice River Twp delays due to volume.

    As of 1:34pm, there are Delays on NJ 47 northbound from CR 615/Goshen Court House Rd in Middle Twp to CR 610/Petersburg Rd in Dennis Twp delays due to volume, delays due to weather.

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