Parkway traffic light removal project delayed

    A project to eliminate the only three traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway has been delayed until at least the fall of 2012.

    Work to remove the traffic signals at Exits 9, 10 and 11 in Cape May County originally was scheduled to begin this fall. But The Press of Atlantic City reported yesterday that the $125 million project is being held up because federal approvals for a wetlands mitigation plan haven’t been received.

    New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney tells the newspaper that several plans proposed by the authority have been turned down for various reasons.

    The project calls for building three overpasses to eliminate the grade-level intersections. Officials say it will improve traffic flow and safety.

    The target date for completion is now 2015.

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