New Jersey readies bill to merge turnpike, parkway

| Friday, February 21, 2003

New Jersey officials have proposed a bill that would merge the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, the state’s Department of Transportation announced recently.

According to a DOT statement, the legislation, unveiled by Gov. James E. McGreevey and Acting Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere, would save $42 million over the next six years. State officials say the savings would enable the state to start work on a high-speed E-ZPass system and make needed repairs to roadways.

DOT said the bill would be introduced by Sens. Andrew Ciesla and Nicholas Sacco, Assemblymen John Wisniewski and Jack Conners and Assemblywoman Linda Stender. A spokesman at the Legislature said S2352, a bill on the merger sponsored by Sacco, was proposed for introduction Feb. 10. The bill will likely be introduced the next time the Senate has a quorum, which is scheduled for Feb. 27.

by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor