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NJ Tolls Increase, What Will Our Money Pay For?

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Beginning this year, tolls will rise 3% annually to fund various street improvements on major NJ roadways.

Beginning January 1st, 2022, tolls in New Jersey will increase 3% and continue to rise 3% yearly for the foreseeable future.

The increase is said to be funding the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s $2.289 billion 2022 budget.

On September 13th, 2020, tolls for the NJ Turnpike rose 36%, Parkway tolls rose 27%, and Atlantic City Expressway tolls rose 37%.

At the time the increase was meant to fund a $24 billion plan to improve Turnpike and Parkway conditions, as well as a $500 million plan to improve conditions on the Atlantic City Expressway.

Approval of the 2020 toll increase changed how toll prices will rise in the future. Beginning this year, 2022, tolls will rise annually on NJ roads by 3% for the foreseeable future.

E-ZPass customers will see a rise from $1.90 at Parkway barrier tolls to $1.96, with the cash toll rising to $2. Turnpike tolls will rise from $4.80 to $4.96.

What will your toll dollars be paying for? Here are the eight largest projects for 2022 by dollar amount.

New Jersey Turnpike

Reconstruction and Road Widening between Exit 14 and 14A

This $139 million project between Newark and Bayonne began in February of 2019 and is on schedule to be completed by April 2023. The project is divided into six stages, with stages 1-3 completed and the fourth stage currently in progress and on schedule for completion in early 2022. Stages 5 and 6 will concern structural steel repairs.

Garden State Parkway

Superstructure Replacement and Bridge Widening over Passaic River

This $100 million project will replace the bridge portion of the Garden State Parkway that travels over the Passaic River. The bridge will be widened to full-width lanes and shoulders will be added for improved safety.

Work began in August of 2021. This year, the project will tackle the construction of a new southbound entrance ramp and a temporary bridge while demolition of the old northbound bridge is in progress. The project is on schedule for completion by the Fall of 2025.

Lane widening between Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township

An $83 million project to widen the left and right shoulders of the north and southbound Parkway and lengthen the deceleration and acceleration lanes at exit 30 between Somers and Egg Harbor began in April of 2020.

The project also plans for the reconstruction and widening of eight local bridges over area streets, improved lighting at Exit 30, and street drainage improvements.

The project is on schedule and set for completion in the fall of 2023.

Congestion Improvements at Exit 145, Irvington, Newark, and East Orange.

A $76 million project began in May of 2018 to improve congestion at exit 145 by replacing overpasses and the Central Avenue Bridge.

A two-lane entrance ramp and bridge extension are in the works to ease traffic at the exit. The project is on schedule for completion by the fall of this year, 2022.

Bridge reconstruction between Saddle Brook and Paramus

Beginning in August 2021, a $58 million project plans to replace decks, guide rails, support bearings, and make structural repairs to five bridges between Saddle Brook and Paramus. The project is on schedule and set for completion by the summer of 2025.

Bridge repairs over Routes 22 and 82

This $49 million project will repair and upgrade several bridges over Routes 22 and 82 in Kenilworth. Stages one and two, bridge rehabilitation and parkway paving, are complete.

The project will continue into 2023 and plan for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge and further bridge rehabilitation. The project is on schedule and set for completion by August of 2023.

Median Barrier Replacement between Iselin and Colonia, Woodbridge

Beginning in July 2020, this $24.5 million project focuses on replacing concrete median barriers, repaving roads, and installing new rainwater drainage in multiple sections of the Parkway.

The project is on schedule and slated for completion early this year.

Superstructure Replacements at I-105 for Rt 36 and 18

This $17 million project that began in September of 2021 will replace the decks and superstructures of six ramps near Tinton Falls that bring Parkway traffic in and out of Routes 36 and 18.

This year, demolition work will begin on the remaining bridges. The project is set for completion by the fall of 2023.

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