NJ Turnpike widening expected to ease bottleneck

One of New Jersey’s most notorious traffic bottlenecks may soon be disappearing.A $2.3 billion project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike from 6 to 12 lanes between Interchange 6, in Burlington County, and Interchange 9, in New Brunswick, is nearly complete. The northbound lanes are expected to open Saturday night, while the southbound lanes will open next weekend.

The work on what officials say is the equivalent of 170 miles of new lanes to widen the turnpike began in June 2009. The project’s goal was to ease the chronic traffic bottlenecks that occur near Interchange 8A, where the car and truck lanes merge.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the project’s completion is scheduled for Friday at the Molly Pitcher service area in Cranbury Township. Officials say the project came in more than $200 million below budget.

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