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Residents learn more about Parkway widening project

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Large posters were on display as project officials from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority fielded questions from a curious public.

"It looks pretty routine actually,” said Fred Akers of Newtonville, New Jersey.

“Having seen what they've done further north and having benefited from riding on it now that it’s done."

Officials say the widening will take place in the form of two separate contracts.

Improvements between mile post 42.3 and 48 is slated to begin in September of 2014 and be completed in 2016.

Construction between mile 38 and 41 will also begin in September of 2014 with an estimated completion in early 2017.

"The project is being done inside the parkway right of way so there is little impact to property outside of us expect when we cross local roadways and railroads," said Lamis Malak, Senior Highway Engineer with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

It was not just residents attending the hearing.

Port Republic City Council President Craig Rummler attended hoping to learn more about the project's impact on the community he represents.

"There was talk of closure of one of our roads that has since been resolved. I just wanted to come out tonight and hear what they have to say and to know if there are any changes to the plan," said Rummler.

"We’re for the project as long as some of our concerns are met."

Rummler also expressed concern over increased noise for neighboring houses.

Turnpike officials say these public hearings are held for every project and all comments made during the meeting are recorded.

"Atlantic county has been very supportive of us," Malak.

And after being presented the information, resident we spoke with were satisfied.

"That will definitely benefit our residents because we'll have full access to the parkway in both directions a lot closer than we had," said Rummler.

"I think the planning is sound and they're doing a good job communicating with the public," said Akers.

The two separate contracts for the widening cost over 40 million dollars each.

Officials say funding comes from the Turnpike Authorities projected toll revenue and will not include state or federal money.

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