The New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) is asking motorists to use extra caution as they travel on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Long lines for fuel are stretching from the service area lots onto the roadways. At Garden State Parkway milepost 98, for example, traffic for the gas station was backed up two miles Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the 21 service areas owned by the NJTA are fully open for business today, but motorists should expect to wait on line as the demand for fuel and food is high, according to a press release issued by Gov. Chris Christie’s office.
The only storm-related disruptions are at the Grover Cleveland Service Area on the northbound Turnpike between Interchanges 11 and 12 in Woodbridge Township and at the Vaux Hall Service Area at milepost 145 on the northbound Garden State Parkway in Irvington. The Grover Cleveland Service Area is completely closed because of flooding. The Vaux Hall Service Area remains open for rest rooms and water, but fuel and food services are not available because of power issues.
No fuel is available at the Cheesequake Service Area at milepost 124 in Sayreville because of a maintenance project that was started on Oct. 1 and is scheduled to continue until Nov. 8. Food service and rest rooms remain available at Cheesequake.
There are privately operated Shell and Exxon stations on both sides of the Garden State Parkway at milepost 133 in Colonia. Motorists should contact the owners for information on the status of fuel sales at those locations.
A gallon of regular gasoline is currently selling for $3.599.