Six of the Most Annoying Intersections in Cape May County, NJ
Anyone who commutes to work has that one intersection on their drive that annoys them the most and makes them want to find another route to travel daily. To paraphrase Peter Griffin from "Family Guy", these intersections really "Grind my Gears" and anyone who has driven around Cape May County knows there are several of these intersections that annoy everyone.
As someone who has lived in Cape May County for more than half my life, here are intersections that "Grind My Gears" and let's see if you agree with my list:
*Route 9 and Roosevelt Boulevard in Marmora
This four-way intersection is a major travel hub in Upper Township with the Garden State Parkway entrance nearby. The traffic situation is a dumpster fire here because If you are traveling in any direction that is not Roosevelt Boulevard Westbound, you will be sitting at this traffic light for at least a few minutes. Summer travel into Ocean City creates long lines of traffic no thanks to this traffic light logjam.
*Route 550 and Dennisville-Petersburgh Road in Woodbine
Just a few years ago this was a four-way stop intersection with a blinking red traffic light but now it is an awkwardly set four-way traffic circle. The theory was that eliminating the four-way traffic stop would alleviate the heavy summer traffic traveling to and from Jersey Shore Towns like Sea Isle City. But instead, it feels like you are entering what could potentially be a scene from a "Final Destination" movie.
*Route 9 and Route 109 Intersection in Lower Township
If you are driving from the Garden State Parkway to Cape May-Lewis Ferry, you are familiar with the Jughandle Turn at the intersection of where Route 9 and Route 109 turn into Sandman/Lincoln Boulevard. Despite how many years this traffic pattern has been there and how often vehicles travel through this section daily, there are still people who get confused and slam on their breaks as they panic about which direction they are supposed to go.
*Angelsea Drive (Route 147) and New York Avenue and Walnut Avenue in North Wildwood
This six-way intersection requires veteran driving experience to navigate especially during the summertime. Route 147 is the entry point for North Wildwood and I have seen numerous drivers flip their turn signals as they enter the intersection as they get confused if they go straight or turn, then they slam on their breaks and try to change lanes which drives everyone else on the road nuts.
*Route 50 and Route 49 in Tuckahoe
Two major roads that allow people to travel to and from the Jersey Shore should be a straightforward intersection without any issues except for the one unique factor that is unknown to many non-locals. This intersection is located in the small Cape May County town of Tuckahoe and the Speed Limit is 30 Miles Per Hour. People get so mad when you slow down and don't go ten to twenty MPH over. There are Speed Limit signs designating this abrupt change of 20 MPH as you enter Tuckahoe, but it seems like many people would prefer to ignore it.
*Route 52 Causeway entering Ocean City at 9th Street and Bay Avenue
The intersection in Ocean City is not as problematic as the people who want to go top speed down the bridge entering the Jersey Shore Town. The Route 52 Causeway from Somers Point to the top of the 9th Street Bridge has a 45 Miles Per Hour Speed Limit but to enter Ocean City you must slow down to 25 MPH. Another situation where people seem to ignore the speed limit signs and get mad if you slow down to 35 MPH. They speed past you to only come to a traffic light that is usually red at the bottom of the bridge; Congratulations you only sped past me to just have to stop at the same traffic light as everyone else.
So now that you read my list, let me know what annoying intersections in Cape May County did I forget to add! You can tweet at me on X or tune into GameNight with Josh Hennig every Monday through Friday at 6pm on 973 ESPN South Jersey.