3 New Jersey service areas close for repairs, changes


Three service areas on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway are closing for improvements.

Drivers who stop at the Turnpike’s Vince Lombardi rest stop in Ridgefield, the Richard Stockton rest stop between Exit 7A and 7 in Hamilton, and the Parkway’s Forked River service area will have to find alternatives.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority said facilities the Vince Lombardi service area in Ridgefield, which closed last Friday, will be demolished and a new one will be built. During construction, there will be limited services and the food court will not be open. Portable restrooms and food trucks will be provided. Truck parking will remain open, and diesel will be available.

The Richard Stockton service area between Exit 7A and 7 in Hamilton closes today, Sept. 9, and the Forked River service area closes Tuesday, Sept. 10. There will be no access to these two locations.
All three are expected to reopen just before Memorial Day next year, according to the turnpike authority.