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Old 11-23-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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The problem is that I had no way of knowing that the GSP was that bad until I was actually on it, and of course once you're on it, you don't know how far down the mess is.
You can dial 511. If there is an accident it will let you know at what time and where. I travel the Parkway and Turnpike a lot and I have altered my route a couple of times when I knew there was an accident that I could avoid.

I don't know if it will tell you that there is excessive volume. However the 511 website does.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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My SIL told me yesterday that she heard on the radio that the Turnpike had a 12 mile backup southbound and 8 mile backup northbound in the exit 8a area. Maybe that had something to do with it - people detouring (although the tkpe and pkwy aren't really converged at that point but maybe ppl cut across). Usually Tgiving traffic is light.
That backup is very inherent to the Turnpike itself and will be that way until they get the whole expansion down there done. That one is kind of a regular expected thing with "everybody & their uncle" on that road especially weekends and holidays.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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There most certainly is a way. simply log on to the extensive real time traffic cam system and look.
New Jersey Turnpike Authority


Or the live traffic system
Live Traffic
Oh, thanks, and very interesting site that I will make a note of, but that doesn't help me much when I'm already driving!
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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It's NJ, what are you gonna do? The most people per square mile of all the states, new immigrants still relocating to NJ.

As much as I miss things about NJ, traffic is one I don't miss.

When we were teenagers the trip to Seaside Heights from Edison was 45-60 min. What is it now 2 hrs?
Fughedaboutit
I'm pretty familiar with the Jersey traffic situation, having lived here for 54 years, but I guess you missed the part where it wasn't this way on the Parkway for the past three Thanksgivings, making the exact same trip.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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My SIL told me yesterday that she heard on the radio that the Turnpike had a 12 mile backup southbound and 8 mile backup northbound in the exit 8a area. Maybe that had something to do with it - people detouring (although the tkpe and pkwy aren't really converged at that point but maybe ppl cut across). Usually Tgiving traffic is light.
I think because of the 6-to-9 widening project, that will be the case for a while in that area of the Turnpike, but I'm not sure that would have affected my trip. To be precise, I was traveling the GSP from 109 to 156 on the way up, and on the way back, I got on, as mentioned, from 17 South in Paramus.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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You can dial 511. If there is an accident it will let you know at what time and where. I travel the Parkway and Turnpike a lot and I have altered my route a couple of times when I knew there was an accident that I could avoid.

I don't know if it will tell you that there is excessive volume. However the 511 website does.
I keep seeing the signs for "call before you go" or whatever for 511. Good to know. I could have checked from my bro's computer before I left my mother's house. My daughter was catching an 8:30 bus in Paramus, and I guess I just didn't think there would be heavy traffic on the Parkway that late on Thanksgiving. Again, I've been going to mom's in Bergen County from Monmouth County since 2009, and this is the first year I had traffic like this--AND both coming and going. It just seems odd.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:33 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I'm pretty familiar with the Jersey traffic situation, having lived here for 54 years, but I guess you missed the part where it wasn't this way on the Parkway for the past three Thanksgivings, making the exact same trip.
Well then you know the traffic situation in NJ never gets better. Every few years new lanes get added to the T'Pike or Parkway.

54 Years ago the T'Pike had two or three lanes in each direction. What does it have now? Is it up to eight lanes? I haven't been back in two years.

Don't discount that some people will drive rather than deal with the stupid airlines, that could certainly contribute to higher than normal holiday traffic.

Lucky for me I rarely had to travel the Turnpike or Parkway but I 78 was no walk in the park either.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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I don't find those traffic lines terribly useful since there are very rarely cases where one can take an alternate route in this state. Whenever I commute home on the GSP and see "Heavy Traffic Ahead, Use Alternate Route" I just laugh wondering what mysterious highway I'm supposed to use. As if backroads would get me home any faster.

Rt 17 has been terrible lately. Almost every night for the past month or so has taken 30 mins to travel what should be no more than a 10 min drive.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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Got on PKWY at I287, exit 128 South, Thurs at about 3pm
flew down to exit 74 in record time
was wide open

Coming home about 8pm
more traffic but, but still did 70-75 all the way up
fastest time in years

stopped for gas at PKWY Forked river
no one at pumps
they were standing around

I assumed a lot of people who normally go to LBI and the shore, couldn't or wouldn't go.
made my trip a breeze
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