Hurricane Sandy not only carried a rollercoaster into the ocean and cut a gash into Route 35, it also closed down a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The Grover Cleveland Service Area, above Exit 11 on the northbound Turnpike in Woodbridge, has been shuttered since Sandy, with the exception of the fuel station.
It was a surge so swift, employees went on the roofs of their cars to stay above the floodwaters.
The rest area building, which housed a Roy Rogers and Nathan’s hot dogs, will now have to be completely rebuilt — a process that will take two years, Turnpike officials said today.
For comparison, back in 1952 the entire NJ Turnpike – all 122 miles of it – was completed in under 19 months.
Two years for one rest area? That’s madness!