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The ocean beaches and surrounding communities in New Jersey. Not to be confused with television shows about outerborough stereotypes defaming a great state.

Ground broken on interchanges to replace Garden State Parkway traffic signals

Garden State Parkway traffic signal
Garden State Parkway lights set for removal in Cape May CountyCourier-News (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
It will be about 60 years too late, but three intersections on the southern Garden State Parkway will finally have their traffic signals removed. From the Governor’s press release (PDF):

The project will replace the traffic signals at three at – grade intersections with full interchanges. Bridges will be built to carry the Parkway over Shell Bay Avenue (Interchange 9), Stone Harbor Boulevard (Interchange 10) and Crest Haven Road (Interchange 11). Ramps will provide continued full access between the Parkway and the local roads at all three interchanges. Drivers on the Garden State Parkway will no longer have to stop to let local traffic pass, and drivers on the local roads will no longer have to wait at a busy intersection to get to the other side of the Parkway.

The project is expected to cost $110 million and take about 2 years. It had been delayed until now in February 2012.

I was previously unaware that this stretch of road predates the Parkway; it was incorporated in during the original 1954 construction.

Also, note to NJ101.5, don’t steal my photos.

PREVIOUSLY: Traffic light removal on Garden State Parkway delayed – 02.22.2012

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Construction starts in May on new $350 million NJ 72 causeway to Long Beach Island

NJ Route 72$350M project to build new Rt. 72 causeways slated to begin in MayAPP
Some much-needed good news is coming to Hurricane Sandy-stricken Long Beach Island. A second series of NJ 72 bridges connecting the mainland to LBI will be constructed while the existing causeway will be rebuilt. Walkways/bikeways will be included on both alignments.

THE “MOST IMPORTANT” NEWS

They new bridge also will incorporate a modern interpretation of the unusual “string of pearls” street lights across the existing causeway, which will be incorporated in the outside railings to make a visual statement from all approaches, Simpson

It has been several years since I went to Long Beach Island after going there for most of my life, but I have been itching for a return. That may happen this summer, though the continuing recovery from Hurricane Sandy may prevent that trip.

Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project – NJDOT

Highway marker by Shields Up!

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Places I went in 2012

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Leesburg, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
McLean, Va.
Purcellville, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Burnham, Pa.
Claysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Baltimore, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Welden, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Avalon, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tuckahoe, N.J.
Conway, S.C.
Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

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50 years ago the Ash Wednesday Storm the cut up Long Beach Island, NJ

While the storm was neither a hurricane, nor a classic nor’easter, its impact was so powerful, the U.S. Weather Bureau gave it a name: “The Great Atlantic Storm.” That name was later changed by Outer Banks resident, Aycock Brown. Referencing the solemn holiday that shared the day the storm unleashed its fury he named it “The Ash Wednesday Storm.”

50th Anniversary: The Greatest Nor’easter of the 20th CenturyWeather.com

The most devastating storm to hit the Jersey Shore happened 50 years ago this week. Long Beach Island, where vacationed regularly until recently, might have been hit the hardest. LBI was cut into three separate islands near Harvey Cedars.

“A two-story house sat in the middle of the main road, Long Beach Blvd., for months. I remember school books, refrigerators, and living-room furniture washing in on the waves all summer long. It took years for the island to get back to normal.”

A newspaper later reported on the scene in the town of Harvey Cedars, “The houses are everywhere, in no order, sometimes piled two or three together. Around them crushed and mangled cars and trucks lie half buried.”

The March ’62 storm is a major part of LBI lore. The expression the “ocean met the bay” understates what happened on LBI. Two new channels were created by the five pounding high tides of the storm. After the storm, sand was pumped in the channels to rebuild the land lost and reconnect LBI.

A great book by Margaret Thomas Buchholz and Larry Savadove Great Storms of the Jersey Shore by Down the Shore Publishing focuses a whole chapter on the storm, focusing on LBI in particular. The book is well-written and there are many historic photos. I highly recommend it for fans of the Jersey Shore or weather history.

FURTHER READING

NJ
50 years later, N.J. remembers the storm that swallowed the Jersey ShoreStar-Ledger

The 1962 northeaster hit during a boom time for the Jersey Shore. It rolled in just five years after the Garden State Parkway had been completed, offering vacationers an express route to the sand. The storm’s financial toll, adjusted for inflation, was more than $600 million.

“There was a big rush of post-WWII affluence and mobility,” says Gebert. “It unfortunately happened to coincide with the biggest northeaster that anybody experienced up to that point in the 20th century. The storm’s impact included at least five states but you could say that New Jersey was right in the center of the worst damage. There’s two components of that. One is the duration of the storm but New Jersey also had, and still has, the greatest percentage of shoreline that was developed, for better or worse.”

Killer nor’easter devastated Jersey Shore in March 1962; transformed approach to building along coastAsbury Park Press
March ’62 Storm: Lessons Learned?The Press (Atlantic City)
The March 1962 Storm that rocked the Jersey Shore, the home movies! – Downashore, philly.com
50 years ago, a storm that redefined the Jersey ShoreThe Inky

OUTSIDE OF NJ
Ash Wednesday storm of 1962: 50-year anniversary
50 years ago, Ocean City was washing awayThe Sun
Storm of ’62 still making wavesNews Journal, (Wilmington, Del.)

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Traffic light removal on Garden State Parkway delayed

Garden State Parkway "EXIT 10"
Garden State Parkway traffic light removal project in Cape May delayed until next yearAP/NJ.com
When was a kid, I remember being very surprised that there were traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway, a toll super-highway, in Cape May County. They are still there, but their time is finally coming to a close. Those signals will be up a little longer though as construction of new overpasses and interchanges at “exits” 9,10, 11 has been delayed until this fall. Completion is expected in 2015, almost 60 years after the road was opened. I don’t know how much interchanges will relieve traffic bound for Stone Harbor and other beaches, but I would expect increased safety.

To me, this is another cautionary tale for those who think tolling more roads, particularly ones that were previously “free” (primarily paid for by the federal gas tax that elected officials won’t revise) is a perfect solution to funding challenges for roads.

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Places I went in 2011

Every year, I go places and list them. The primary criteria are 1.) Having a sit-down meal 2.) spending the night in that location.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Franconia, Va.
McLean, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Annapolis, Md.
Baltimore, Md.
Columbia, Md.
Crownsville, Md.
Ellicot City, Md.
Poolesville, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Ocean City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Woodstown, N.J.
Belleville, Pa.
Burnham, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Hummelstown, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Mercersburg, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
Springfield, Pa.
State College, Pa.
University Park, Pa.
Washington, D.C.

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I finally got to try Tony Luke’s cheesesteak, roast pork sandwich

Tony Luke's sign
WILDWOOD CREST, N.J. —I have been trying to sample all the main Philly Cheesesteak places over the last few years, but I don’t get to the city of brotherly love that often. Judging by the Tony Luke’s Web site, a lot of the growing chain’s appeal is built around the personality of Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Jr an Philly actor, singer and now entrepreneur. I had heard good things about his cheesesteaks though and a visit was on my list for a few years. I overheard a location in the Wildwoods was opening this summer, I figured I would have a chance to stop on my way out of Stone Harbor this summer.

Cheesesteak halved
Tony Luke’s is unusual in that it doesn’t use Amoroso rolls like most cheesesteak places. The rolls are of higher quality, so that isn’t a bad thing. The meat is lean and not too greasy. Since I’m a tourist, I ordered mine with Cheese Whiz. Overall, I’d rate it a close second to Jim’s Steak’s.

Roast pork sandwich
In addition to the cheesesteak, we split a roast pork sandwich which some Philadelphians seem prouder of than the traditional cheesesteak (The Inky). While that is not going to happen, the roast pork sandwich is a good meal. The lean shaved pork and spices work well together and my wife says the broccoli rabe works — I don’t care for broccoli, so I’ll take her word for it. I can see why people would elevate the roast pork sandwich over the humble, fatty cheesesteak. I have craved cheesesteaks before though and that can’t be said about the roast pork sandwich.

We also got a chicken cheesesteak for some reason (probably for the 3 year old) and well, it was chicken breast with cheese. Not worth the money, nothing you couldn’t do at home if you felt like having a bland meal.

We’ll probably make hitting Tony Luke’s on the way out from future trips down the Shore.

Tony Luke's on the sidewalk

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