In last night’s episode of “Chasing New Jersey,” host, Bill Spadea asked reporter and chaser, Hank Flynn, who decided to walk the length of Route 3 from its end in Clifton where it meets up with Route 46 to the other end in Secaucus, where it hooks up to I-495 toward the Lincoln Tunnel.
On the second part of Hank’s walk, he headed east through Nutley and Passaic and stated that it was less personal then Clifton, where he traveled on the first part of the walk. He stated that all the mom and pop shops that were there a while back, have since been replaced with the likes of; Staples, Chipotle and many large franchise stores and restaurants.
As he passed through the widening project that is costing $200 million in State and Federal money, the Rutherford Animal Hospital was just feet from the construction. He spoke to Dr. Neal Beeber there who stated that it was good for the business because people driving by are able to see the facility.
As he walked through the Meadowlands Complex, home of the Giants and Jets, it was not a game day, and there were very few people around for him to speak with. As he entered Secaucus, he met up with Mike Fleherty, a Secaucus resident, he advised Hank against walking along Route 3 and asked why he would do such a thing? He stated that there is little room to walk, and although they recently redid the bridge over the Hackensack River, there is no walkway going towards MetLife Stadium. As Hank continued along his way, Mike’s question rang in his ears. This is not a pedestrian-friendly roadway, by any means.
He decided to stop at a Secaucus restaurant called Bareli’s for coffee. Here he got his chops busted by Vincent Ponte, who could not understand how sane Hank could be to attempt to walk Route 3. His restaurant is currently undergoing renovations and preparing for Christmas and the Super Bowl in February.
As Hank continued with his journey, lucky not to be mowed down by the traffic, the worst part is yet to come as he will be going through Union City and on to the roadway leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. Stay tuned for the finale part of his journey soon. Hang in there, Hank, and see you on the next episode of “Chasing New Jersey.”
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