Update: Exit 117A ramps to southbond GSP from Lloyd Road will be open this weekend, a spokesman said. The repairs will be completed during an undetermined weekend in September.
Update: The potential for torrential downpours tonight for the cancellation of the motorcycle show and concert. No word on a rain date.
THE GARDEN STATE Parkway southbound ramp from Lloyd Road at the 117A interchange will be closed this weekend f for repairs to a bridge that spans the N.J. Transit railroad, according to New Jersey Turnpike Authority Spokesman.
If you want to head south on the parkway, Exit 114 in Holmdel or Exit 120 in Lawrence Harbor will be your best bets.
The ramp was closed this weekend from Friday night to Sunday. Motorists were able exit from the parkway to Lloyd Road.
The ramp is expected to be closed one more weekend in mid-September, the spokesman said.
Now, for the rest of week ahead:
The Union Beach police union is organizing a bus trip to see the Rutgers University football home opener. Tickets are $50 each. The price includes game ticket, transportation, beer and other refreshments. A Rutgers swag raffle and 50/50 will be held on the bus. There’s limited seats left and organizers say that they need a final count by the end of this week. Call 732-598-2371 for more information.
The councils in Aberdeen, Keyport and Union Beach will all meet this week. Aberdeen and Keyport will be meeting Tuesday and Union Beach meets Thursday. None have posted agendas to the website. Aberdeen’s planning board is meeting Wednesday. There’s no posted agenda for that, either.
Now that the Firemans’ Fair is over, the farmers’ market returns to Firemans’ Park lot this Thursday.
The Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative hosts a motorcycle show on West Front Street between Broad and Beers streets from 5 to 9 p.m. And a Grateful Dead tribute band kicks off its first set at 7 p.m. at the Minipark stage.
The Keyport Harbor Commission is hosting its annual snapper contest (catch and release, guys) on Saturday. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. Fishing is from 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded in age categories: 1-5; 6-10 and 11-15.
Finish off your week with an ecocruise with the N.Y./N.J. Baykeeper aboard the Captain John moored at Waterfront Park. Anchor’s aweigh at 3:30 p.m. The tour will sail around Staten Island through the Raritan Bay, the Arthur Kill and the Kill van Kull. You see a boat graveyard and pass under the Outerbridge Crossing, Verrazano Narrows, Bayonne, Goethals bridges.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority about why the 117A ramp was closed and for how long. An earlier version explained that the authority did not immediately respond to questions from the Anchor.