"Aw shucks. That's what comes out of my mouth when I miss it because I know I have to go all the way down to the next one in order to get to my final destination," laughs Cortney Bolden. She's talking about the infamous Jersey jug handles. It's the only way to make a left hand turn off of the highway.
"It's very inconvenient. In one way it kind of helps traffic and prevents accidents but in another way it takes you the long way around," said Bolden.
Drivers may not suffer any more detours if an Ocean County lawmaker has his way. He wants the legislature to stop additional jug handles from being built to prevent rush hour backups and save land space. We took a ride on 73 north and got off on a jug handle that dumped us on Fork Landing Road. No one there has a problem with them.
"Isn't that funny?" joked Patti Ritchie. She and her customers are a little biased. Jug handles are how the place she works got its name. It's called The Jug Handle Inn in Cinnaminson.
"I just say you have to take the jug handle exit and come around and you'll see us on the other side," said Ritche. Other drivers say the indirect left makes perfect sense.
"I think it's definitely safer than going over three lanes of traffic on a major highway like this," said one driver.
The bill cleared a transportation committee Monday. It now heads to the full senate.