Officials plan traffic changes to avoid Route 35 gridlock ahead of St. Patrick’s Day parade

Last month's Polar Bear Plunge event triggered a

Last month’s Polar Bear Plunge event triggered a traffic nightmare in the Seaside Heights area. (March 6, 2014 12:56 PM)

New Jersey officials hope they have come up with a sufficient plan to prevent a repeat of an epic traffic jam along the northern Ocean County barrier island when the Seaside Heights St. Patrick's Day parade steps off this Saturday.

Thousands of people leaving the Polar Bear Plunge event last month brought traffic in the region to a standstill for more than three hours.

The main reason...

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