Press ReleaseDate: 11-05-12
Name: Rob Forman Phone: 973 972 7276
November 5 Update on UMDNJ Re-openings and Related Travel Information
Those academic and clinical programs in Newark, New Brunswick and Piscataway that were suspended last week resumed today. We are pleased to report that the Scotch Plains campus will reopen tomorrow, Nov. 6.
Though some repairs are needed and are already underway, they are mostly minor; our facilities generally survived the storm in good shape. Certain functions normally managed at Liberty Plaza in New Brunswick and 1 World’s Fair Drive in Somerset continue to be managed from temporary locations as a precaution. Everyone should continue to report to their normal work locations unless otherwise notified. Anyone with questions should contact their supervisor or department head.
If you are experiencing a critical IST issue related to clinical, research, or academic support, please dial 3-3200 or 732-743-3200. If you require a new service request, you should email your request to email@example.com. All emailed requests will be triaged and handled once all critical issues are resolved.
Many of you have been personally impacted by the events of the past week. We have established a situational awareness webpage, updated daily, to provide you with information on how to find resources, assistance, and other vital materials to help you with recovery from this disaster. Please visit http://emergency.umdnj.edu/awareness.shtml.
One of the newest resources we’ve found focuses on availability of gas: http://gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/New_Jersey/index.aspx
We hope you find it helpful as another resource for finding gas, but please note that we cannot determine how reliable and up-to-the minute this information is.
Following is recent information about NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway service stations:
NJTP northbound at Grover Cleveland Service Area (Woodbridge Twp.) - Closed until further notice.
GSP at Cheesequake Service Area Open - No fuel available.
GSP Exit 63A (Route 72) closed.
GSP Brookdale southbound Service Area, approx. 1 1/2 hours wait time
GSP Brookdale northbound Service Area, approx. 1/2 hour wait time
Everyone is encouraged to carpool while we continue to experience delays in purchasing gas. Please note the following resources for carpooling and transportation information:
NJ benefits to carpooling: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/rideshare/carpool.shtm
Everyone also is reminded to exercise extreme caution while on the roads. Some intersections remain without traffic lights and are particularly dangerous.
Ongoing Road Restrictions
NJ 71 Closed Both Directions, Shark River Bridge, (MM5.9), Avon-By-The-Sea
NJ 36 Closed Both Directions, North of CR 29/Atlantic Ave, (MM6.3), Long Branch
NJ 35 Closed Both Directions, 24th Av, (MM0.0) , Berkeley Twp.
NJ 37 Closed Eastbound, CR 549 Spur/CR 571/Fisher Blvd, (MM10.9), Toms River Twp.
Bridges and Tunnels:
Holland Tunnel: Closed to vehicular traffic.
Lincoln Tunnel: Open
George Washington Bridge: Open
Outerbridge Crossing: Open
Bayonne Bridge: Open
Goethals Bridge: Open
Verrazano Bridge: Open
Continue to check web sites and your local news media, as service restrictions are subject to change.
New Jersey Transit http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo
Existing UMDNJ Shuttle Bus Service schedule: http://www.umdnj.edu/transweb/schedule/index.htm
CHEN Shuttle Schedule: http://www.umdnj.edu/transweb/schedule/chen.htm
People with Twitter and / or Facebook accounts may be able to gather some very useful information by following these Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. Be aware that some information contained on these feeds may either be inaccurate or subject to rapid change (especially gas station information):
NEW JERSEY TRANSIT
Also on Twitter, people can follow this hashtag: #njgas
PSE&G Twitter: @PSEGdelivers
JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT Twitter: @JCP_L ORANGE & ROCKLAND [north Jersey]: @ORUConnect NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS: www.facebook.com/NewJerseyNaturalGas
General Information/Newark Specific
CITY OF NEWARK: Twitter: @CityofNewarkNJ NEWARK PULSE@newarkpulse
State and Federal General Information NJ OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: @NJOEM2010
FEMA: Twitter: @fema
In addition, this web page set up by nj.com contains links to information about Federal and State government, warming/charging stations, insurance information, shelters, etc.:
Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.
UMDNJ Office of Emergency Management