Motorists Ecstatic About Palisades Parkway Makeover - My9 New Jersey

Motorists Ecstatic About Palisades Parkway Makeover

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The Palisades Interstate Parkway is getting a facelift and many drivers say that it’s long overdue! It’s been over 20 years since the roadway has gotten any cosmetic work and the massive potholes and cracks throughout the road make it a nightmare for commuters.

The construction is an $11.2 million project that is completely state funded. The work of repaving the road began on Monday on the northbound lanes on the New Jersey side.

Overall, motorists like Arden Greenspan-Goldberg seem to be thrilled about the construction.

“Thank God! It’s about time thank goodness. It’s been very hazardous, and it’s been playing like a game of avoid without blowing out your tire,” she cheered.

Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Schapiro discussed how the state could afford this makeover.

“The way that we do it is, our multi-year projects, the way the funding works is we do have a little bit of flexibility to shift funds to emergency projects such as this,” he said.

Commuters couldn’t be happier about the construction, even if it does slow down their drive to work in the process.

“It’s crucial for commuters because a lot of wear-and-tear is going on in my car,” commuter Evan Spier said.

Work on the Palisades Parkway will continue for months. For the next week, lane closures are limited to weeknights from 8:30pm to 5:30am. However, it may be necessary to shift to daytime for some work which would affect motorists between 8:30 am and 3:30pm. Once the northbound lanes are completed, the southbound lane work starts.

 

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