Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
Road Update: NJ and NY
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 02:38 PM
For New Yorkers trying to get in -- or out -- of the Catskills, flooded roads and downed trees continue to limit travel in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
The New York Thruway says sections of I-87 remain closed in both directions between exits 14 and 17.
Flooding has also closed parts of the east-west highways of 17, 28 and 23. Those roads lead into some of the hardest hit regions in the state including Margaretville and Windham. For New York road updates, go to 511NY.org.
In New Jersey, conditions are better today than yesterday -- the DOT says it's only dealing with 85 incidents statewide, down from Sunday's 300+ -- but new problems are cropping up as storm waters continue to rise in some areas.
All lanes on NJ Route 17 northbound in Hasbrouck Heights (near the interchange with Route 46) are now closed due to flooding.
I-287 northbound in Boonton and Parsippany, near exits 43 and 44, is also closed. Route 80 is experiencing a number of ramp and lane closures, particularly in the towns of Parsippany and Wayne.
The New Jersey Turnpike has some delays as crews continue to pick up debris.
The NJ DOT says the Garden State Parkway is in good shape, although there are some delays in Southern Ocean County.
For up to date conditions, visit 511nj.org.