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Officials Say Parkway Sinkhole Should be Fixed by Evening Rush Hour

A four-foot wide hole disabled 18 motorists this morning on the roadway near Woodbridge.


They first started out calling it a 'pothole,' but after it knocked off 18 vehicles in short order, the hole in the Garden State Parkway pavement on the south side of the Parkway in Woodbridge was more readily described as a sinkhole.

It was four feet in diameter, said Lieut. Stephen Jones, spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.

"It's definitely bigger than a pothole," Jones said.

It all started around 6:15 am this morning. Motorists on their way to work were peacefully passing on the Parkway in the southbound lane near the Driscoll Bridge.

Suddenly the hole appeared near milemarker 127.8 and one after another, the vehicles were disabled with flat tires and bent rims. All were lined up on the side of the Parkway, awaiting help.

"A few of them needed to be towed," Jones said. "We're fortunate there was no greater damage or any injuries."

Emergency repair workers were immediately dispatched to fix the hole by this evening's commute. Jones estimated the hole would be fixed before 4 pm.

"We'll have it back and running and permanently filled in very soon," Jones said.

TELL US: Did you see the morning's enormous sinkhole? Did you take a picture of it? Post it here on Patch, or email me at deborah.bell@patch.com

Jennifer Salvo February 21, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Is the parkway going to pay to repair these vehicles and the towing? This is further aggravated by the fact that the parkway runs the scam of not letting AAA tow trucks on the parkway!
Bernie February 21, 2013 at 08:16 PM
NO . You must prove they new about it for 60 days, before you hit it and did nothing about it. This bill was passed by" your so called representatives" in the New Jersey Legislator Who are theRE to,Protect your interest ??Ha Ha
kim February 22, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I was on the parkway today, and if this is the same hole I saw today.... HELLO... That is ridiculous and we should be ashamed as being a NJ TAX PAYER!!!! Why do they let it get that extreme? The only good thing I can say about this is that they are not doing this on a Sat. @ 10 a.m. in the middle of summer!!!
sharla February 23, 2013 at 08:48 PM
All the money they collect ? It is embarrassing enough when people complain about how they get ripped off driving on the NJ toll roads. Fix the damn roads and pay for the damages. They pocket millions. End of story.

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