WALL TOWNSHIP - Travel along some stretches of the Garden State Parkway was slow-moving and treacherous early Friday as ice built up on the roadway.
By noon, Chopper 12 video showed traffic moving at a good pace, but that was a far cry from conditions earlier in the day. The highway between Exit 98 in Monmouth County all the way to the Driscoll Bridge in Middlesex County were covered with ice earlier. At about 8 a.m. in the Eatontown area, the parkway was also very icy. Some commutes that normally take a half hour took a few hours.
Viewers sent photos of bumper-to-bumper traffic in some spots. Traffic was at standstill at Exit 109, where two cars hit guardrails. The Turnpike Authority reported a 4-mile delay from Exit 109 to Exit 114, and state police reported about 30 crashes from Holmdel to Bloomfield. State police reported some spinouts, as well.
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The condition of the parkway left many drivers questioning whether the roads were properly salted to prevent a buildup of ice.
A spokesperson for the Turnpike Authority tells News 12 New Jersey that they did not run out of salt for the Parkway. However Executive Director Jamie Fox admits the agency “did not do an adequate job clearing snow and ice” between the Driscoll Bridge and the Asbury Park Toll Plaza.