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Traffic changes in South Jersey due to winds, flooding from Sandy

12:00 PM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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12:21 p.m.

Officials have closed a larger section of the Garden State Parkway because of flooding.

The parkway is closed from Exit 63 in Stafford Township to the southern terminus.

New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney says it's reasonable to expect more closings because of Hurricane Sandy.

11:39 a.m.

Stay away from River Road at 29th and 30th Streets in Camden City. The road is flooded and closed.

10:53 a.m.

Tractor trailers and other large trucks will be banned from crossing the four bridges between Pennsylvania and South Jersey as of 2 p.m. today.

The ban does not apply to pickup trucks and passenger vans, according to the Delaware River Port Authority.

The bridges, which include the Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman and Commodore Barry, currently remain open to passenger vehicles.

However, a spokesman for the port authority said the Commodore Barry Bridge will be closed to all traffic if sustained winds of 50 mph are reported.

10:51 a.m.

The Garden State Parkway southbound from Exit 38 to its terminus in Cape May at County 109 is shut down, according to the Turnpike Authority.

10:38 a.m.

Speed and lane restrictions are in effect on the Delaware Memorial Bridge between South Jersey and Delaware.

Sustained winds are currently in the 35 mph range, according to the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

The speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph and the outside lanes of both spans of the bridge are closed to traffic. The Authority may ban tractor-trailers trucks, motorcycles, and other high-profile vehicles subject to high winds, if sustained winds exceed 40-mph.

10:19 a.m.

Pierce Ave. is closed due to flooding between N.29 St. and N.30th St.

9:45 a.m.

There's flooding on the Garden State Parkway southbound entering at Exit 29 - US 9 in Somers Point. Entrance ramp closed due to standing water.

There's also flooding on the Garden State Parkway northbound exiting at Exit 4 - NJ 47 in Middle Twp. Exit ramp closed due to standing water.

9:00 a.m.

With a state of emergency already declared in the City of Camden, officials with the county and city noted that the detour for the Baird Boulevard Bridge will be modified due to flooding.

The bridge was damaged last summer during Hurricane Irene and is expected to be closed for at least the next six months.

Motorists who would normally utilize Kaighn Avenue are directed to use Route 130 over the Cooper River to Haddon Avenue to access Camden's Parkside section and points beyond.

Also, Camden's District Council Collaborative Board has established a website to distribute Hurricane Sandy information that includes office of emergency management news.

"Camden residents should take Hurricane Sandy seriously," Mayor Dana Redd said. "Residents are strongly encouraged to remain sheltered at home. The safest measure one can take is to remain indoors, stay off the roads, and make sure they have adequate emergency supplies such as flashlights, medication, food and water. I also ask that residents check on their senior and disabled neighbors to make sure they are prepared and in good health throughout the storm."

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Redd has also activated the City of Camden Department of Public Works's Hotline at 856-968-4743 or 856-757-7630. Residents are highly encouraged to call the Hotline for assistance relating to the City's hurricane preparedness efforts; to report any downed trees or power lines; flooded roads; flooded basements; etc.

Residents should call 911 for emergency situations that affect the life, health or safety of residents within the household only. Also, if resident become aware of any potential building collapses, please call 911.

Camden residents living in flood prone areas should seek shelter with family or friends. In particular, Camden residents living in the Cramer Hill neighborhood along:

• River Road between 29th St. and Lois Ave.

• Reeves Ave between Hayes Ave. and Wayne Ave.

For those residents who cannot remain in a safe dwelling, the Camden School District has opened five schools as emergency shelters.

Residents and drivers are also advised not to walk or drive through flooded streets as the water level can be deeper than it appears. Potential flood prone streets to avoid in the City include:

• River Road between 29th St. and Lois Ave.;

• River Road between State St. and 36th St.

• Reeves Ave between Hayes Ave. and Wayne Ave.;

• 2nd St. and Kaighn Ave;

• Kaighn Ave. from the Airport Circle to Park Blvd.;

• Westfield Ave. between N. 34th St. and N. 33rd St.;

• Copewood St. between Haddon Ave. and Davis St.;

• Atlantic Ave. between S. 8th St. and S. 6th St.;

• Area between Whitman Ave. and Thorn St.;

• Kaighn Ave. between Mt. Ephraim Ave. and S. 8th St.;

• N. 7th St. between Linden St. and Pearl St.;

• Delaware Ave. between Federal and Cooper St.;

• Lansdown Ave. near Norris St. (under the bridge);

• Berkley St. between Grand Ave. and Marlton Ave.;

• Merrimac Rd. between N. Constitution Rd. and N. Congress Rd.;

• Master St. between Bulson St. and Tulip St.;

• Pierce Ave. between N. 29th St. and N. 30th St.;

• Hayes Ave. between Reeves and N. 29th St.;

• N. 29th St. between Hayes Ave. and Garfield Ave.;

• Harrison Ave. between N. 26th St. and N. 24th St.;

• Area between East St. and Harrison Ave.;

• N. 33rd St. between Westfield Ave. and High St.;

• High St. between N. 34th St. and Beideman Ave.;

• N. 36th St. between Merriel Ave. and Westfield Ave.; and

• S. 2nd St between Atlantic Ave. and Spruce St.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties until 7:00 p.m. Monday.

Courier-Post Staff

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