Connector could ease headaches on Parkway

September 17, 2009 6:27:39 AM PDT
Life is about to get easier on the Garden State Parkway - at least for those heading north who need to get off on Route 78 west.

A new link between two of the state's busiest highways is to open to traffic Thursday night.

For three decades, drivers wishing to get from one road to the other had to take four right turns to go left, a convoluted detour for a route traveled by 23,000 vehicles a day.

The state next plans to make similar changes to connect the southbound Parkway and Route 78 east. That ramp is expected to open in 2011.

The total cost of the two projects is expected to be $121 million, with the federal government kicking in more than $70 million.