While some parts of the state are still cleaning up the roads and restoring power from Thursday night's storms, there are already plenty of people making their way to the Jersey Shore as Friday night rush hour comes.
On the local scene, traffic is heavy as usual in the Howell area of Route 9 as people move from Monmouth County down into Ocean County. Just a few towns away there is increasing traffic on the Parkway especially between Exit 98 in Wall and Exit 91 in Brick. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority said the 2.5 mile backup can be attributed to heavy volume.
As of 5:30 on Friday night, the biggest bulk of local traffic problems center in the Middlesex County area. In North Brunswick, there is traffic on 130 south near the area of Route 1 as the volume increases there. In Woodbridge, there are delays on Route 1 near the Parkway as traffic picks up there as well.
That buildup is similar to the same problems being experienced in Edison on Route 1 near 287. There is also volume being reported on Route 18 near Route 27 in New Brunswick and the Turnpike in East Brunswick.
Speaking of the Turnpike, there are areas of high volume near Exit 7A stretching to Exit 8. The six-mile delay is making normal trips 10 to 15 minutes longer than normal.