After Turnpike Widened, Stepped Up Police Patrols

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -

Drivers may want to think twice about speeding on the New Jersey Turnpike’s new lanes.

The New Jersey state police say they will increase traffic enforcement patrols and will be on the lookout for speeders, aggressive drivers, and those using cellphones or not wearing seatbelts.

Officials marked the end of a $2.3 billion project to widen turnpike Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Work began to expand the number of lanes from 6 to 12 to ease the chronic traffic bottlenecks that occur near Interchange 8A, where the car and truck lanes merge.

The northbound lanes opened Sunday and the southbound lanes will open this weekend.