The speed reduction will be accompanied by $1.2 million worth of improvements, such as installing guard rails and bringing road shoulders up to proper grade, after a review of five years’ worth of accident data for the entire highway.
The program was announced Friday by New Jersey Turnpike Authority, State Police and state Division of Highway Traffic Safety officials.
“The section of the parkway from milepost 80 to 100 had very severe crashes and fatalities,” said Pamela S. Fischer, director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “It is not the area with the most number of crashes, but more severe crashes happen on this section.”
Currently, that section of the parkway has a 65 mph speed limit.
Close to half of the top 30 serious crash locations on the parkway are in the Monmouth-Ocean corridor, which shows a clear need for the speed limit reduction, Fischer said. [dailyrecord]