Turnpike Authority to Hold Meeting on Parkway Aug. 22
The meeting will be from 4-7 p.m. at the Galloway Municipal Complex.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will host a public information meeting concerning the proposed interchanges on the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township on Aug. 22, the township announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The meeting is open to the public, and will take place at the municipal complex, 300 East Jimmie Leeds Road, across from Risley Square, from 4-7 p.m., according to the township.
The meeting provides an opportunity for Galloway residents to voice their concerns about the project, which proposes changes to Interchanges 41 and 44, as well as Jimmie Leeds Road and Pomona Road.
A new state police barracks is also being proposed at Interchange 41, to replace the current Bass River barracks.
Since the beginning of the process, the Turnpike Authority has said it’s been its intention to hold a public meeting on the issue, but Galloway Council recently criticized the Authority for not conducting the meeting sooner.
There has been concern among residents that they will lose access to the Garden State Parkway off Jimmie Leeds Road. However, while residents will lose access to the Atlantic City Service Area off Jimmie Leeds once construction is complete, they will not lose access to the Parkway, according to council, state legislators and the Turnpike Authority.
Councilman Jim Gorman has also stated he would like to see access to the Parkway directly off the White Horse Pike in Galloway, without a full interchange.
“It could be a driveway to Atlantic City,” Gorman said. “ … Leave Jimmie Leeds Road closed and just do Route 30. That would be my answer.”
The final design is currently being advanced, and construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, according to the township. Construction is expected to last approximately two years.