This isn’t a big deal for our SOMA neighbors, but it’s quite welcome news for those of us who live north of the I-78/Garden State Parkway interchange. The NJDOT has announced that a brand new ramp connecting the Garden State southbound lanes with I-78 East opens today. That means no more trips through Irvington to get to the airport.
From the NJDOT:
The new flyover ramp for the first time allows GSP southbound motorists to directly access destinations to the east along New Jersey’s bustling I-78 corridor, such as Newark Liberty International Airport. Until now, motorists have been forced to exit onto I-78 westbound and use local exits as U-turns to double back onto I-78 eastbound – a maneuver that has resulted in significant delays and traffic congestion during busy travel times.
Completed on budget and almost nine months ahead of schedule, the new ramp is the second major milestone to be reached in the ongoing, $149 million project to improve traffic flow around the interchange of the two superhighways located in Hillside and Union Townships, Union County and Irvington Township, Essex County.
The NJDOT says 6,500 motorists will benefit from the new ramp daily. Frequent flyers, what will you do with that extra 10 minutes? And do you think the cab companies will give us a discount?