State legislators in the 9th district have received written confirmation from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority that no tolls will be installed at the Galloway exits on the Garden State Parkway.
Confusion arose last week following a town hall meeting hosted by Gov. Chris Christie when a resident asked about the possibility of new tolls. The Turnpike Authority’s website and a planning document both showed that tolls were planned for the interchange at Exit 44, but Turnpike Authority officials said those documents were at least nine years out of date.
“Thank you for the opportunity to put to rest any confusion about the Turnpike Authority’s plans for Garden State Parkway Interchanges 41 and 44 in Galloway Township,” NJTA Executive Director Veronique Hakim wrote to the legislators in a June 15 letter. “Neither of those interchanges will be tolled.”
State Sen. Christopher Connors, Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf asked the Turnpike Authority for written clarification regarding any plans for toll plazas after the issue surfaced last week.
Hakim also said residents will have an opportunity to comment on plans for the interchanges at a public meeting that will be held in Galloway this summer.
“Certainly, we were elated to receive confirmation from the authority that there would ne no toll plazas at either interchange 41 or 44. That said, we never believed there was any permanent plan in place for tolls as we had discussed the interchange improvement project with authority officials on several occasions over the past several months,” the legislators said in a joint written statement.
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