HIGHTSTOWN - Homeowners say the widening project on the New Jersey Turnpike is already having some negative effects.

Residents in Hightstown say that mice, snakes, deer and even bears are coming into the area as a result of the work.

But neighbors say the wildlife is just part of the problem. Teddy Rigas says the new ramps and toll plaza are also causing flooding from storm water run-off near his home on Woodside Avenue.

Homeowners are concerned that the work may actually reduce the market value of their homes. Jessica Bernard says it already has. "I had my house appraised last year and the man who came out and appraised my house said the value was less," says Bernard.

The Turnpike Authority has not responded to News 12 New Jersey's request for a response.