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Back roads are getting more congested in New Jersey

As congestion on New Jersey roads and highways keeps getting worse, a growing number of commuters are using back roads on their trip to and from work. The new traffic patterns have resulted in jams, especially in parts of Central Jersey, and new headaches for the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Why does road construction cost so much in New Jersey?

New Jersey's top transportation official said there's a host of reasons why the state is spending more money on its road system than other states spend on their state-controlled road systems.

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New Jersey’s road system comes at a high price

Responding to a new report that finds New Jersey spends way more on its roads per mile than any other state, without much to show for it, the state says keeping the roads safe and comfortable is a top priority and one that's made progress over the past few years.

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Meadowlands Train Station (Flickr User Joevare)
Meadowlands Train Station (Flickr User Joevare)
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Multiple Agencies Prepare for ‘Mass Transit Bowl’ [SERIES/AUDIO]

This week, we are taking a look at Super Bowl 48′s impact on New Jersey as part of a special five-day series.  In part two today, we look at the transportation and travel difficulties during this first-time event in our area.

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Flickr User Michael Gil
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Bad Season for NJ Potholes [AUDIO]

The battle against potholes is well underway in New Jersey, spurred by crazy weather changes that have taken a toll on roadways.

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Pursuit Ends in Crash at NJ Turnpike Toll Booth

A lengthy police pursuit in northern New Jersey ended when the suspect's car crashed into a toll-booth median on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Flickr User Fried Dough
Flickr User Fried Dough
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Transportation Officials Focus on Clearing Storm Drains [AUDIO]

With all the heavy rain we've had over the past six months, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has made cleaning storm drains a top priority.

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Governor Chris Christie and Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson announce the $265 million construction project to rebuild Route 35.  (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie and Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson announce the $265 million construction project to rebuild Route 35. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Route 35 Rebuilding Project Begins [VIDEO/AUDIO]

More than eight months after Superstorm Sandy, work is about to begin to rebuild a road that's described as the gateway to the Jersey Shore - Route 35.

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Summer Months are Deadly for Young Drivers [AUDIO]

The 100 or so days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are some of the deadliest for teen drivers and their passengers, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic's analysis of federal crash data from 2011.

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Flickr User Rennett Stowe
Flickr User Rennett Stowe
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New Truck Rules Are Coming [AUDIO]

A new federal plan calls for tougher regulations for truck drivers in New Jersey and across the nation, beginning in July.

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