What Really is the WORST Section of Route 9 at the Jersey Shore?
Depending on where you live at the Jersey Shore, you probably see Route 9 from a different perspective. For example, I live in Little Egg Harbor and our section of Route 9 is fine and the same through Tuckerton as well. Yes, it gets busy at 5 p.m. on weeknights and the weekends, and especially in summer it can be a bit slow.....but I won't complain because the road is without major potholes and traffic volume.
Now for me, the section of Route 9 from Beachwood through Berkley Township is the worst in Ocean County. This area of Route 9 is riddled with potholes and construction spots. Driving through this section will definitely put some "wear and tear" on your vehicle.
As far as traffic volume, I think the area north of Toms River through Lakewood and into Howell is the "busiest" section of Route 9 for us here in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. The Freehold section can be a bit of a grind too, but I still put my money on Lakewood through Howell as the busiest. Listeners had these reactions:
- Richard: Beachwood
- Peter: Bayville
- Kris: It was Lakewood but they finally repaved so now I say Beachwood
- Linda: Lakewood and a close second Beachwood
In conclusion: To be honest, I will always opt for the Garden State Parkway, if I can, to avoid using Route 9... it's just a better road.
How do YOU feel about Route 9? What section do YOU think is worst and why? Let us know we'd love to see your comments.