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After New Jersey Turnpike widened, state police say they'll step up patrols

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CRANBURY TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — 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 not wearing seatbelts or using cellphones.

Officials marked the end of a $2.3 billion project to widen turnpike Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Molly Pitcher service area in Cranbury Township.

Work began to expand the number of lanes from 6 to 12 between Interchange 6, in Burlington County, and Interchange 9, in New Brunswick, in June 2009. The project's goal is to ease the chronic traffic bottlenecks that occur near Interchange 8A, where the car and truck lanes merge.

The northbound lanes will open Sunday and the southbound lanes will open next weekend.

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