NJ to get high-speed toll lanes?

July 1, 2008 4:25:00 PM PDT
Would you pay money to have your own high-speed lane on the highway? There are some folks in New Jersey who think drivers there would do just that. And now, there is a proposal for a toll lane on parts of the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway to be built with private funds. Drivers who hit the bottleneck on the Turnpike, south of exit 8A, might get some relief if motorists are willing to pay extra to ride in new toll lanes.

The proposal calls for building new lanes on the Turnpike from exit 8A in South Brunswick to exit 6, which leads to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In addition, the Garden State Parkway would be expanded to three lanes south of exit 80 all the way down the Jersey shore.

The idea calls for a private company to build the expanded lanes and charge nearly double the normal toll for access to the roadway. The hope is to ease congestion by giving drivers who don't mind paying more another option.

State leaders say it would take nearly $3 billion to pay for road expansions on the Parkway and Turnpike. It's money the state doesn't have, so this price congestion proposal could help foot the bill.