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.
Senator Jim Whelan