NJ Shaking Off Storm as Emergency Lifted

One major highway in Garden State remains problematic

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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It won't be normal yet, but some parts of the rhythm of New Jersey are returning two days after the state was walloped by a snow storm.

On Monday evening, Acting Gov. Steve Sweeney lifted the state of emergency declaration.

Since then, New Jersey Transit buses have returned to service.

Newark Liberty Airport, closed since Sunday, is expected to begin receiving inbound flights Monday morning. Most train lines across the state were still on modified schedules Tuesday, though.

Also Tuesday morning, PATH trains were out of service in Newark, complicating commutes from passengers who connect there to get to downtown Manhattan. The trains were running between New York and both Hoboken and Jersey City.

More than 24 hours after the snow stopped falling over the state, officials are still checking to make sure people aren't still stranded in their cars on highways.

State Police Spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones said Tuesday that Route 18 in Monmouth County remains a trouble spot. At least 60 vehicles that ventured out early Monday got stuck -- and that made it impossible for plows to clear the roads.

He says 11 people were rescued from vehicles late Monday and early Tuesday. Jones says State Police helicopters are being sent out Tuesday morning to reach stranded vehicles -- and make sure no one is in them.

Route 18 won't reopen until cars are moved and plowing can be completed.

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