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Plans to re-name interchange to honor 17-year-old victim

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New Jersey Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak introduced a bill to honor a 17-year-old Cape May County boy who lost his life on the Garden State Parkway.

For months now, construction crews have been working to build overpasses and remove the traffic lights at exits 9, 10, and 11 on the Garden State Parkway - but as summer tourism is starting to build up, cars are slowing down.

"I’d like to get going that's all," said one frustrated motorist.

Officials with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority say eastbound and westbound lane closures on Stone Harbor Boulevard have caused the delays. Tom Feeney is the spokesman for the NJTA and said by mid-week, all lanes will be open once again.

Alexis Maiden was riding in the passenger seat of a car stuck in the traffic on Monday and told NBC40, "Eventually it's going to be good...but it's just annoying for now."

As the construction continues, Assemblyman Andrzejczak has a new idea for this same intersection.

Andrzejczak introduced a bill into legislature, and wants to designate the Stone Harbor Boulevard interchange as the Christopher Meyer Memorial Interchange to honor the 17-year-old who died in a tragic accident there back in 2004. \

Andrzejczak said, “As the traffic lights are removed from the Shell Bay Avenue, Stone Harbor Boulevard and the Crest Haven Road intersections of the Garden State Parkway, it is altogether fitting and proper that we honor the life of Christopher Meyer and the tireless work of his father, Erik Meyer, who sought the safety improvements at these intersections, by naming the Stone Harbor Boulevard Interchange as the Christopher Meyer Memorial Interchange. This is a simple step that honors those who try to make our communities better places to live."

Some Cape May County officials we spoke with say they're on-board. Vicki Clark is the President of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and said, "You know, it is something that should've never happened and hopefully it will help people be a little bit more aware of driving safely."

Meyer's father has been an advocate for the removal of the traffic lights on the Parkway since his son's death.

Clark said, "It's a tragic thing that the loss of a young life happened, as were others in the past, but the advocacy of his family and the people who loved and cared about him have really helped to bring this project along to completion.” And that's why officials want to honor him.

Officials with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority say the project is 45% complete, and they expect the overpasses on the South side of the Parkway to be completed by this fall.

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