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Woman Protests At Turnpike Authority Public Information Center

Public information session was held on Monday at Stockton.

Lynette Myland came to the on Monday ready to speak her mind, and she wasn't the only one.

She called the Turnpike Authority's plans, "fiscal insanity."

"I have to live within my means," she said. "And the state has to live within its means."

She also said that the plan, which includes interchanges at Jimmie Leeds Road, which would cut off access to the Atlantic City rest stop and create a new State Police Barracks at the location, and at Pomona Road, would "disenfranchise a section of the community that is important to us."

Myland's sign read:

"It's fiscal insanity:

  • To move the State Police 4 miles for 7 million.
  • To alter a full service interchange for 25 million
  • When the WHPK needs a full interchange instead."
Donna Pfeffer August 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Shes Absolutely Right,,,,
Melissa Southrey August 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I was just saying to my daughter in law that this would be a big hassle for many. I use this exit to get in/out theParkway for work 5 x/wk. If this assess is closed I would have to drive 60 extra miles/wk to get on the Parkway at another exit. Another option is to take Shore Rd all the way - which would take ~ 15 minutes longer each way. YUK!
Joan CarinoAllen August 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM
She's right! This is insane! The worst part is that we have no say! This is a compe\lete and total dictatorship. No matter what we say or do, they will do what they want!!! ONLY IN NEW JERSEY!!! I guess this is a reflection of our current Governor...a total DICTATORSHIP!!!!
Mac August 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Fact: One phone call from the Governor's office to the NJTA and this project is dead in its tracks. Gone. Caput. Done. Over. The leadership of the 9th District is located in the heart of Governor Christie's most overwhelming support group of loyal voters. That would be you. Frankly, your group is the sole reason Chris Christie is the current Governor of NJ (aside from Corzine himself.) If the leadership of the 9th District cannot enlighten the Governor to fulfill the wishes of his most loyal supporters on such a shortsighted project, you are wasting your votes, on everyone. Your wishes could be a done deal by tomorrow if you truly want the NJTA to accommodate your values and concerns. It starts with encouraging the leadership of the 9th District to stand up and fight for you using the advantage of the empowering input they possess. And yes, they have the clout to overcome the interests of the money involved in this current projected project if you demand it. Either you speak up now for what you believe is best for you or you complain forever about another government agency walking all over you again with their smug indifference. Happy tolls to you.
Robert Bremer August 28, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Is it too late? What should we do??
Mac August 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Phone calls, emails, letters from you and your neighbors to the 9th District, Governor's Office, DOT, local Galloway officials, county officials, newspapers, TV stations. (Don’t waste your time with the NJTA. It’s not part of anyone’s job description there to be able to both read and interpret what they are reading at the same time.) Put up posters in stores and organizations throughout the community. Set up petition drives on certain dates and times at various locations (shopping center, clubs, etc.) Make large signs that can be put in the back of pickup trucks so the signs can be displayed while both parked and being driven. Make up a logo perhaps that people will identify with and proudly remember down the road. They could even put them on their EZ Pass transponders. Bumper stickers. T-shirts. Balloons even. The more people you can get involved with positive, energetic actions, the more attention and press coverage you'll receive for your efforts, and the faster your objective will grow and become a reality. It doesn’t take a lot of money to get government action, just the sincere efforts of many citizens sharing legitimate concerns. It can be quite adventurous and a lot of fun also. On a personal note, there is nothing that can boost community pride more than a successfully shared grass roots action. One just has to want it enough to go after it.
tintonfallsretiree August 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
With all due repect to Mrs. Myland, her first fact is completely untrue. The NJSP barracks is being moved 12 miles south, not 4 miles. The NJSP station is being moved for a multitude of reasons, primarily due to increased staffing and demand which is much needed on the GSP. Adding the station at Milepost 41 makes plenty of sense for those reasons. While I am completely with the citizens of Galloway Township, I feel that people are not being realistic about why this project is being done. Yes it is inconvenient. However, if the access road to the service area is kept as is Jimmie Leeds Rd. will remain a complete congestion and traffic safety disaster. The access road needs to be removed for this reason. Safety must supercede convenience in all cases. I dont get why people are saying they will be inconvienced by this project other then the fact that the commuter parking lot will be removed. I highly doubt people from Galloway buy gas from the rest area (as the prices are higher than other gas stations 90% of the time) and I dont see why people will eat at the rest area (with all of the local food options). People will still be able to get on/off the parkway at Jimmie Leeds Rd. I highly recommend that people go directly to the governor's office as the NJ Turnpike Authority will not address any concerns. I don't think Senator's Connors or Whelan will be able to persuade them as well. Governor Chirstie's office is the only option left as well as the last resort.
tintonfallsretiree August 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM
You still will be able to get on and off the GSP from here. The configuration will just be completely different. I dont know where you are coming up with this.
Michael Guenther August 29, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I really sympathize with the people trying to get a complete interchange on White Horse Pike but it's not realistic. If it seems like a lot to spend 7 million for a new police barracks what do they think it would cost to add exits on Rt 30? The reservoir and the railroad are yards from the exit onto Rt 30 east, Ash Ave and Rams Head are close too. So are several hotels and I think that there some houses off of Second Ave near it too. There are numerous serious engineering, enviromental and eminent domain issues and remember the changes to the Parkway are all part of a lane widening project to add a third lane each way so whatever room they have now is committed to that. Imho the cost to make Rt 30 a complete interchange would probarly be similar to the $70 million contract The Turnpike Authority signed last week to improve exit 88/ Rt 70 interchange in Brick. It's simply not going to happen right now. Galloway Twp is getting two full interchanges and a wider Parkway with no toll plazas for ten of millions of dollars less then what it would cost just to do Rt 30. It's not that bad of a deal, just accept it.

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