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Senator Calls For Full Interchange, Access To Service Area

Senator Jim Whelan released "An Open Letter To The New Jersey Turnpike Authority On Monday's Public Hearing" on Friday. Below is the full text.

 

Senator Jim Whelan's letter to the Turnpike Authority was released on Friday:

Members of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority,

Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend Monday's public hearing about new proposed interchanges on the Garden State Parkway. The last-minute scheduling change has inconvenienced many Atlantic County residents, including me, who had every intention of attending the meeting scheduled for August 22 but cannot attend Monday's meeting because of prior commitments. I would like to take a moment to address two issues of significance to my constituents.

First, it is essential that there be a full interchange on Route 30. The growth in traffic will help Absecon and Galloway Township bring commercial ratables to the White Horse Pike, growing our local economy and providing jobs to our residents. A full Route 30 interchange is where we should focus our resources and energy.

In addition, removing access to the service area from Jimmie Leeds Road will negatively impact the everyday lives of many Atlantic County residents, who like to carpool and fill up their tanks before their trips.

It is my hope that the Turnpike Authority takes the input from Atlantic County residents and elected officials into consideration. Please feel free to call my office at (609) 383-1388 to discuss this matter further.

Respectfully,

Senator Jim Whelan

VTPat August 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM
LOL, right out of the Van Drew palybook! When Galloway was in his district he never campaigned here and has no accomplishments rooted here. Jim, how about stopping taxpayer funded bailouts of big Corporations like revel and incentives like Bass Pro Shop?? Where are we on the abuse of eminent domain in the inlet??
tirepatch August 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
thanks senator, we sure need some help on this
Jim McElwee August 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I totally disagree with VTPat. The Senator has always made himself available to help the residents of Galloway. He has campaigned for local candidates and addressed issues whenever brought to his attention. Even now after Galloway has been re-districted he continues to keep his finger on the pulse of our Township. To unfairly critisize him on Atlantic City issues in response to addressing a Galloway problem is out of line and absurd!
Donna Ann Thomas August 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Good letter!
VTPat August 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Jim McElwee with all due respect sir I maintain my position. Whelan knows this is a done deal, he was probably at the table when the deal was cut. He is posturing, that's it. Bottom line, Whelan does not give a hoot about you or Galloway Twp. I will say this though, his meaningless letter and posturing is more than our leg team from the ninth district is doing! Jim Mc don't be naive, you are running for election and I will probably support you but cut the naive act already! If you don't know what goes on around here then someone should hip you! The incompetence of Republicans on Twp council, the Steve Bonanni sex scandal, the lawsuits and the fact that Galloway is the 2nd biggest laughingstock in Atlantic County should be a big part of your campaign. Is this such a small town that you guys, (Ds and Rs running for or incumbent on council) all KNOW eachother and hard campaigning on FACT is out of bounds??? Instead of ridiculing your potential supporters because they intrude on your Whelan loves Galloway fantasy why aren't you knocking on doors and expaining why you want to be on council, why aren't you talking about the parole office, the Twp Gov legal problems and the many, manylawsuits coming etc. etc etc
Lisa Chatten August 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Thanks Senator Whelan!! That is exactly what we need here in Galloway and Absecon. A full interchange on Route 30 should be first and foremost on the minds of the Turnpike Authority. Taking into consideration the growth of this area, this interchange would alleviate some of the awful traffic problems on Jimmie Leeds Road!! Also, closing off the convenience area to Galloway residents is just plain bad business and should be reconsidered.
Vern August 25, 2012 at 07:57 PM
This plan is all in support of the bigger plan of controlling the American people in confining their movement. This is taking place all over the country , The eight foot fence they recently took down was to run the entire stretch of the parkway, cudos to the people for coming together and demanding better ! Atlantic County must voice our displeasure of plans that do not make any sense and serves no purpose except restrict.
Jim McElwee August 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM
VTPat, I respect your right to disagree and I am aware of the problems you mention in Galloway. This issue with the NJTA is going to be addressed on Monday at 4 PM. It will probably be our only chance to attempt to make them listen to our concerns. I hope your wrong about a done deal, we will see. But for now let's stand united against an authority that operates without concern for local residents! I look forward to knocking on your door and listening to your opinions!
Michael Guenther August 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I can understand that people want a full interchange for Rt 30 but looking at the current interchange on google satellite it seems that there are two major problems, the railroad and the reservoir are only yards from the southbond exit onto Rt 30 eastbound. I'm certainly not a engineer but it seems obvious that these are serious obstacles that would be difficult to overcome. Also there has to be significant eminent domain issues there too with the several hotels in that area. I know that they attract prostitutes and drug dealers and are a major nuisance and reduce the quality of life for everyone and it would be really sweet if they could be wiped away for a new exit but I don't think the owners feel the same way and would demand a fortune in return or would drag it out through the courts. All of these issues, to me, would make the cost comparible to the $70 million dollar contract that the Turnpike Authority signed to redesign the interchange for exit 88, Rt 70 in Brick Twp and as someone who drives that area regularly I think it has a bigger need then Rt 30. If I'm not mistaken for around $40 million in total Galloway Twp is getting two complete interchanges and the rest area will still be accessible from the parkway getting on at either Rt 30 or Moss Mill Rd. And all without a toll plaza to boot. As much as I dislike defending The Turnpike Authority I think that Galloway Twp is getting a pretty good deal from them and should accept it as the best possible available option
Michael Guenther August 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
And in 15, 20 years you might get a complete interchange for White Horse Pike too. Take what you can get now and keep lobbying for the future. It's taken 30 years to get this much from the Turnpike Authority!

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