Relocated northbound exit 163 to open on Parkway

gsp 1The relocated exit 163 on the northbound Garden State Parkway is scheduled to open this weekend. By rush hour Monday morning, northbound drivers connecting to Route 17 will exit from the right lane of the Parkway instead of the left.

Interchange 163 is one of the few remaining left-side exits on the Parkway. In order to reduce delays and improve safety in the area, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is relocating the exits to the right side of the highway. The work includes realigning the roadway into the median, building six new bridges, and replacing four others.

Work on the toll-funded project began in 2014 when a $67.9 million construction contract was awarded to Ferreira Construction Co. The project remains on time and on budget. The structures necessary to relocate the southbound exit remain under construction. The full project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The contractor will be milling, paving and striping in the area of 163 this weekend to prepare for the opening of the relocated northbound ramp. One lane will be closed between mileposts 162.2 and 163.9 while the work is being done.

The work is weather-dependent and could be postponed in the event of rain. For real-time information about traffic impacts this weekend, call 511 from a hands-free cellular device or download the SafeTripNJ app for your iPhone or Android. Traffic alerts for the Garden State Parkway are also available on Twitter by following @511njgsp.


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