Two rest along the Garden State Parkway have been shut, and will remain that way for the next 9 months or so as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority tears down and rebuilds the existing structures.
The Turnpike Authority said gas, food, restrooms and all other amenities at the Vauxhall (Exit 145) and Brookdale South (Exit 153) service areas, as well as the commuter lots at the rest stops, are all unavailable until the work is done.
The new structures being placed at the rest stop are expected to have more stores and upgraded facilities.
When construction is complete at the Vauxhall and Brookdale South rest stops, they will become the sixth and seventh rest stop areas to be completely torn down and rebuilt since 2014, the NJ Turnpike Authority says.
Work on rest stops along the NJ Turnpike is scheduled to begin this fall, including at the Walt Whitman, James Fennimore Cooper and Joyce Kilmer rest stops. They too will be closed for about 9 months, with their reopening expected next June.