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Garden State Parkway

The Garden State Parkway travels the length of the state between Cape May and Chestnut Ridge, New York. Varying between four lanes to the south and ten lanes with four carriageways at South Amboy, the toll road joins the coastal reaches of South Jersey and Atlantic City with urban North Jersey and New York City. Tolls are levied along the entire route except the stretch between the Raritan River and junction U.S. 22 at Union. Commercial trucks are prohibited along the entire length of the toll road.

Commercial trucks are prohibited from using the Garden State Parkway from Exit 105 northward. However south of Exit 105, the road is opened to all vehicles. Even further south, the Parkway and U.S. 9 overlap in two locations: once as a bypass (Mileposts 81-84) and again along a shared river crossing (Mileposts 48-51).1

A short section of the Garden State Parkway utilizes intersections in place of intersections. These at-grade crossings are found between Exits 9 and 11 near Cape May Courthouse. A handful of driveways and minor roads also directly connect to the Parkway through this stretch with Exit 10 at Stone Harbor Boulevard consisting of a signalized intersection. Future plans will construct overpasses and interchanges to bring the Parkway up to controlled-access standards. Interchange and overall design has yet to be finalized.2, 3

Garden State Parkway Highway Guides

Scenes pertaining to the Garden State Parkway
Garden State Parkway southbound at "Exit" 10 (Dennisville Road west / Stone Harbor Boulevard east). The Parkway widens to three lanes in each direction through this stretch to help keep traffic headed to the Wildwood and Cape May beaches moving during the summer.1 Photo taken by Rich K. (02/08)
Crest Haven Boulevard eastbound at the Garden State Parkway's "Exit 11". Crest Haven Boulevard spurs east from U.S. 9 across the parkway to join Moore Road, a northbound side frontage road. Photo taken by Rich K. (02/08)
New Jersey 36 ends at the Eatontown Spur of the Garden State Parkway. The spur connects Exit 105 of the parkway with New Jersey 36 east to Long Branch and Monmouth County 51 (Hope Road) south to the New Jersey 18 freeway to Asbury Park. Pictured here is the westbound Eatontown Spur on-ramp to the Garden State Parkway south for Lakewood and Atlantic City. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Eatontown Spur westbound to the Garden State Parkway northbound for South Amboy, Union, and Irvington. Drivers first enter a toll plaza and then partition into ramps to the express and local carriageways of the toll road. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Garden State Parkway's express-local configuration runs northward from Macedona to the Raritan River bridge. The express lanes provide a relatively uninterrupted drive to Woodbridge, while the local lanes serve all interchanges between Eatontown and South Amboy. Photo taken 08/29/05.

Sources:

  1. Kotchi, Al. Email: "AARoads feedback: New Garden State Parkway Guide," April 17, 2008.
  2. Rich K. Email: "Garden State Parkway," April 22, 2008.
  3. "Garden State Parkway Interchange 10 Improvements ." Cape May County News and Information, October 31, 2007.

Page Updated April 24, 2008.