By Tim Jimenez

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Work is officially underway to remove the only three traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway.

The traffic lights are at exits 9, 10, and 11, in Cape May County, near the southern end of the 172-mile, limited-access highway.

“We’ve had a problem with congestion,” says New Jersey Transportation commissioner Jim Simpson, “and also, in terms of safety, with three traffic lights that people really don’t expect to have on a parkway.”

But now, a $110-million project has begun, to get rid of those lights and build bridges to carry parkway traffic over local streets.

“(Drivers) will no longer have to stop on the Garden State Parkway at a traffic light and also be inconvenienced and lose time and also, from a safety standpoint, will make the roadway and the trip a lot safer,” Simpson tells KYW Newsradio.

He says they’ll make sure Garden State Parkway motorists won’t be inconvenienced during construction, which is expected be completed within 2½ years.

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