(Image: NJ Turnpike Authority)
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has begun to widen the Garden State Parkway (from miles 80 to 63) and New Jersey Turnpike (between Interchanges 6 to 9) for many years, and plans to further widen the Parkway south of mile 63. The multi-billion-dollar projects will spur additional sprawl development, quickly recongesting the roads. NJTA has performed only cursory review of alternatives to widening (such as congestion pricing) and has not analyzed secondary impacts like sprawl.
In 2009, Tri-State initiated an ongoing lawsuit over the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection's failure to properly release permits for the Parkway project.