I just came home from the city, and sailed right down Rt. 3 without a problem. But there was a sea of headlights heading eastbound. The reason comes in a tip from Crank:
Driving to the fruit/veg market just now, I noticed an unusual amount of traffic in my town for this time of evening. My town (Rutherford) is 2 miles west of Giants Stadium, where Springsteen was scheduled to hit the stage around 20 minutes ago for the final show of his 3-night stand there. Turned on the radio to see if there was any connection. The traffic report had the critical info.
There is a propane truck lying on its side on the Jersey Turnpike at northbound exit 16W. This is, of course, the default exit for Giants Stadium traffic. The exit is closed in both directions.
According to the radio, 5 miles west of here, there is an 8-mile backup northbound & a 5-mile backup southbound on the Garden State Pkway at the Rt 3 interchange. That 5-mile stretch of Rt 3 from the Parkway to the Stadium is a parking lot.
This explains all the cars in my town, obviously trying to do the last couple of miles to the Stadium on the local roads.
I have the feeling that there are going to be a lot of pissed-off people at Giants Stadium tonight, once they finally get there.