Motorists heading north on the Garden State Parkway have a new route over Great Egg Harbor Bay.

One lane of northbound traffic on the Garden State Parkway was diverted onto the new bridge late Monday. And by Tuesday morning, both lanes of northbound traffic were on the bridge, which connects Cape May and Atlantic counties.

The new bridge, a towering span that opened in August to travelers heading south, now carries both north- and southbound vehicles. The new traffic pattern will continue as the old parkway bridge is refurbished for northbound traffic.

Northbound parkway traffic at Great Egg Harbor Bay has seen delays for weeks because of lane closings approaching the bridges. The closings allowed contractors to build an interim crossover to shift traffic onto the new span, New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney said.

The next phase of the project will involve redecking the existing, older span that eventually will be used for northbound traffic.

Last month, construction workers opened two lanes on the weekends to help ease traffic issues, a change from the original plan. Feeney said the change would have no effect on the timeline for com-pletion of the project.

— John DeRosier and Erin Serpico

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