Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook traffic flows Sunday despite previous weekend's jams

July 27, 2009, 8:07 am
Sandy Hook traffic is now flowing, state Department of Transportation officials say.

One week after last Sunday's three-hour traffic freeze, a DOT spokeswoman said Sunday that traffic-flow monitoring as of 10 p.m. Sunday indicated "no delays" for drivers exiting Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook.

"As of our latest report, there are no delays in exiting Sandy Hook Park," DOT spokeswoman Erin Phalon said.

After a traffic jam July 19, when many beachgoers waited up to three hours to leave the park and reach Route 36, the DOT implemented several changes this weekend, Phalon said.

Among the DOT's new initiatives: alter the traffic signal sequence, giving vehicles more time exiting Sandy Hook; staff a traffic operation post to coordinate traffic flow, and provide a radio communication system for police in Highlands and Sea Bright and National Park Service employees.