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Interstate 78 New Jersey

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Interstate 78 curves southeast than northeast from the toll bridge crossing of the Delaware River at Alpha near the Pennsylvania state line. The freeway encounters U.S. 22, New Jersey 122, and New Jersey 173 at the first Garden State interchange (Exit 3). Photo taken 08/11/04.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 3 on Interstate 78 eastbound at the Norfolk-Southern Railroad over crossing. U.S. 22 merges onto Interstate 78 at the upcoming exit from Phillipsburg and Easton, Pennsylvania. New Jersey 173 begins at the interchange and parallels Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastward along the former alignment of U.S. 22. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Drawing near the directional cloverleaf interchange of Exit 3 on Interstate 78 eastbound. U.S. 22 follows Memorial Parkway northwest from Interstate 78 to junction New Jersey 57 and Phillipsburg. New Jersey 122 (New Brunswick Avenue) stems west from U.S. 22 to Alpha and Phillipsburg to the south of U.S. 22. The state highway follows the original U.S. 22 Alternate routing. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound at the Exit 3 off-ramp for New Jersey 173 east and U.S. 22 west. New Jersey 173 travels three miles east from Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 to Bloomsbury. The state route intertwines with Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 several times in Hunterdon County. Photo taken 08/11/04.
East of the half-diamond interchange with Main Street and Bloomsbury on Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound. Main Street traffic joins the eastbound freeway ahead of the New Village Road overpass and the Exit 6 half-diamond interchange with Asbury Bloomsbury Road. Photo taken 08/11/04.
The last Warren County interchange of Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound occurs with Asbury Bloomsbury Road at Bloomsbury. Asbury Bloomsbury Road travels northeast 4.5 miles to Asbury along the Musconetcong River. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound at the Exit 6 off-ramp for Asbury Bloomsbury Road. Warren Glen lies 3.9 miles to the southwest via New Jersey 173 and Warren Glen Bloomsbury Road. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey 173 (Clinton Street) interchanges with Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 one quarter mile east of Exit 6 at Exit 7. The state highway leaves Bloomsbury en route to West Portal in Bethlehem Township to the east. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Button copy overheads posted at the Exit 7 partial-cloverleaf interchange with New Jersey 173 (Clinton Street) on Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound. New Jersey 173 reaches West Portal in 2.3 miles. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey 173 returns to Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 at the Exit 12 diamond interchange. Old U.S. 22 expands to a four-lane divided highway from West Portal to the Pattenburg Road traffic circle north of the freeway. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Exit 11 departs Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound for Pattenburg Road and Baptist Church Road. New Jersey 173 ties into Pattenburg Road north of the freeway at Strotz Road. The area roads join the three routes with Norton to the north and Pattenburg to the south. Photo taken 08/11/04.
A pair of frontage roads coincide with Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 between Exits 11 and 13. The westbound side frontage road is that of New Jersey 173 (former U.S. 22). The eastbound road carries the name Frontage Road. Thus the ramps for Exit 12 tie into the adjacent roads for Perryville Road north and south. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Motorists bound for New Jersey 173, Norton, or Jutland leave Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound for Exit 12. The eastbound side Frontage Road intersects Perryville Road south of Norton and north of Jutland. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey 173 joins Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 briefly between Exits 13 and 15 in Union Township. The state highway remerges along West Main Street at the town of Clinton via the Pittstown Road (Hunterdon County 513) loop ramp on Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey 173 reemerges from obscurity along Pittstown Road at Exit 15. West Main Street and Pittstown Road merge just north of Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 for downtown Clinton. Hunterdon County 513 otherwise enters Clinton after a four-mile drive from Pittstown to the southwest. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 pass through Clinton ahead of their junction with New Jersey 31 (Exits 16 & 17). Exit 16 carries traffic onto New Jersey 173 eastbound for New Jersey 31 northbound to Washington and High Bridge. The partial "Y" interchange brings traffic onto New Jersey 173 ahead of its intersection with Center Street and junctio New Jersey 31. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Eastbound at the New Jersey 31 northbound off-ramp of Exit 16. New Jersey 173 concludes at a jughandled intersection with New Jersey 31 at Grayrock Road. The borough of Washington lies 11 miles to the northwest via New Jersey 31 otherwise. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey 31 widens to accomodate directional ramps to/from Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 at Annandale. The eastbound off-ramp merges onto New Jersey 31 two miles north of Allerton and ten miles north of Flemington (junction U.S. 202). New Jersey 31 constitutes a four-lane divided highway through Clinton Township. Photo taken 08/11/04.
U.S. 22 and Interstate 78 end their overlap 15 miles after it began at Exit 18. The federal highway diverages from Interstate 78 for Lebanon, Whitehouse, and Somerville after the Old Allerton Road over crossing on eastbound. U.S. 22 again meets Interstate 78 at its eastern terminus in Newark. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Hunterdon County 523 (Oldwick Road) interchanges with Interstate 78 seven miles east of the split with U.S. 22. The north-south highway joins the freeway with Whitehouse two miles to the south and Oldwick one mile to the north. Photo taken 08/11/04.
One half mile west of the Hunterdon County 523 (Oldwick Road) diamond interchange on Interstate 78 east. Use Oldwick Road north for Hunterdon County 517 (High Street) to Oldwick and Fairmount. Taylors Mill Road passes over the freeway midway between Halls Mill and Rockaway Roads in the photo. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound at the Oldwick Road off-ramp for Hunterdon County 523. Hunterdon Coutny 523 turns east onto Lamington Road for Lamington and Bedminster Township east of Oldwick Road north of the freeway. Photo taken 08/11/04.
The first guide sign of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 287 (Exit 29) on Interstate 78 eastbound. The button copy guide sign indicates Interstate 287's connections with U.S. 202 & 206 nearby and Interstate 80 to the north. U.S. 202 & 206 overlap along an alignment parallel to Interstate 287 through Pluckemin. Photo taken 08/11/04.
One mile west of the Interstate 287 directional ramps (Exit 29) at the Burn Road overpass. Interstate 287 and U.S. 202 & 206 southbound travel four miles to Somerville before parting ways for Raritan and Piscataway respectively. U.S. 206 leaves the fray at Exit 22 of Interstate 287 for Chester just north of Interstate 78. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 partitions with Exit 29 at the Burnt Mills Road over crossing. Interstate 287 and U.S. 202 northbound intertwine from Somerville to Mahwah at the New York state line. Both routes reach the Morris County seat of Morristown in 15 miles. Interstate 287 junctions with Interstate 80 five miles north of there at Parsippany. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Continuing eastbound on Interstate 78 within the Interstate 287 outer belt in Warren Township. Intersecting the freeway ahead is Somerset County 651 (King George Road) at Exit 36. Somerset County 651 links Interstate 78 with Mt. Bethel and Warrenville to the south and Basking Ridge in Bernards Township to the north. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Somerset County 531 (Hillcrest Road) crosses paths with Interstate 78 at Exit 40 near Watchung. Hillcrest Road carries the route between Somerset County 527 (Valley Road) at Watchung to Mountain Avenue and Gillette across the Morris County line to the north. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Button copy overhead for the six-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with Somerset County 531 (Exit 40) at the Valley View Road overpass. Use Somerset County 531 southeast of Watchung for North Plainfield, Plainfield, and South Plainfield. The county highway continues from there to Metuchen and Edison. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound at the Hillcrest Road off-ramp of Exit 40. Somerset County 531 ends at Morris County 531 1.7 miles to the north at Valley Road (Morris County 512) in Gillette. Photo taken 08/11/04.
The final exit of Interstate 78 within Somerset County departs the freeway at Exit 41 for Drift Road in Watchung Township. Drift Road ends nearby at Plainfield Avenue north of Exit 41. Plainfield Avenue crosses into Union County north of there for Berkeley Heights. Use Plainfield Avenue southbound for Scotch Plains via Bonnie Burn Road. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Posted within the Drift Road half-diamond interchange is the one-mile overhead for the Exit 43 off-ramp onto Oak Way for Somerset County 527 (Valley Road). Valley Road carries the county highway east from Watchung to Scotch Plains. Photo taken 08/11/04.
0.25-mile overhead for the Exit 43 off-ramp onto Oak Way and Valley Road. Valley Road intersects Union County 39 (Diamond Hill Road) just across the county line to the east. Diamond Hill Road becomes New Providence Road on the southbound drive to Scotch Plains and junction U.S. 22. Northward Union County 39 meets Union County 38 at Benders Corner. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Eastbound at the Exit 43 off-ramp for Valley Road and Diamond Hill Road. Diamond Hill Road becomes Union Avenue north of Benders Corner. From there Union Avenue links the freeway with New Providence and Berkeley Heights via Union County 512. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Exit 44 also serves New Providence and Berkeley Heights via Glenside Avenue. The off-ramp onto the adjacent roadway departs after the McMane Avenue overpass. Glenside Avenue parallels Interstate 78 along the northern boundary of the Watchung Reservation between Exits 43 and 45. Photo taken 08/11/04.
The first of two Glenside Avenue (Union County 527) off-ramps on Interstate 78 eastbound leaves at Exit 44. Glenside Avenue provides connections to New Providence and Berkeley Heights via Glenside Road and South Street. Photo taken 08/11/04.
One-mile guide sign for the Exit 45 off-ramp onto Glenside Avenue (Union County 527) posted at the Glenside Road over crossing. Union County 527 travels north from Interstate 78 into the community of Summit from the Watchung Reservation. Photo taken 08/11/04.
A half-diamond interchange composes the junction between Interstate 78 and Union County 527 (Glenside Avenue) at Exit 45. Glenside Avenue carries the county highway 1.3 miles to Summit Road in Summit itself. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound at the second Glenside Avenue off-ramp (Exit 45). Union County 527 continues through Summit to Millburn and Livingston with interchanges at New Jersey 24 and Interstate 280. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 partitions into a Local / Express configuration at the New Jersey 24 interchange at Springfield in anticipation of the Union and Newark stretch. Newark is the largest city within the state of New Jersey and the influx of traffic from the New Jersey 24 freeway brings in a significant amount of commuter traffic to both Newark and New York City. Therefore like Interstate 80, Interstate 78 widens into a four-carriageway freeway with express traffic using the inside lanes. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Traffic to the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 78) and Holland Tunnel into New York City are advised to use the Interstate 78 Express lanes through Union and Newark. The interchange with the Garden State Parkway lies four miles ahead in Union and thus traffic for the north-south tollway should use the Local lanes on the right. There are multiple crossovers between the two carriageways between here and there however, so it is not detrimental to remain on the Express Lanes for the Parkway at first. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 initially breaks into two two-lane carriageways at the Express / Local split. However the freeway varies between ten and 14 lanes on the stretch through Union and Newark. The dual freeway configuration ends at the Interstate 78 junction with the New Jersey Turnpike. There Interstate 78 enters the New Jersey Turnpike Extension to Bayonne, Jersey City, and the Holland Tunnel. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 Express and Local eastbound at the Orchard Street / Shunpike Road over crossing ahead of Exit 48 with New Jersey 24. New Jersey 24 provides a freeway connection between Interstate 78 at Springfield with Interstate 287 at Morristown to the northwest. A stacked "X" interchange provides the junction between the two highways. There is no access to the New Jersey 24 freeway west from the Express lanes. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 78 Express eastbound reassurance shield posted within the Exit 48 interchange with New Jersey 24. New Jersey 24 is signed to Millburn for its interchange with Union County 527 (Millburn Avenue) just north of Interstate 78. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey 124 (Springfield Avenue) parallels both the New Jersey 24 freeway and Interstate 78 between Morristown, Springfield, and Union. The state highway crosses over Interstate 78 after its interchange with the east end of New Jersey 24 via Morris Avenue. At Springfield Avenue, New Jersey 124 turns east and New Jersey 82 begins. New Jersey 82 follows Morris Avenue south through downtown Union while New Jersey 124 shits northward toward Irvington. A loop ramp departs Interstate 78 Local ahead via Exit 49A for New Jersey 124 (Springfield Avenue) westbound for New Jersey 82 and Springfield. Union County 577 (Main Street) stems north from the junction to Millburn. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Exit 49A leaves Interstate 78 Local for New Jersey 124 (Springfield Avenue) westbound. A second loop ramp facilitates the movement from Interstate 78 east onto Springfield Avenue eastbound for Maplewood and Irvington. A crossover for the Local lanes and the Garden State Parkway otherwise exists for Express in one half mile. Photo taken 08/11/04.
The next off-ramp for Interstate 78 Local joins the freeway with the Garden State Parkway at Exit 52. On-ramps bring traffic onto the Local lanes from Liberty Avenue and Union County 630 within the city of Union. A second crossover exists within the Exit 52 interchange for Newark Liberty International Airport as well. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Sound walls obscure the neighborhoods of Union from Interstate 78 on the stretch to the Exit 52 off-ramp to the Garden State Parkway. An auxiliary overhead directs drivers destined for downtown Newark and its attractions via New Jersey 21 (McCarter Highway) northbound at Exit 58A in lieu of the Parkway north. Photo taken 08/11/04.
The Interstate 78 Express crossover leaves for the Local lanes at the Garden State Parkway (Exit 52) interchange. A short access road links the two highways to the left. The Garden State Parkway represents a busy north-south toll highway between Woodbridge and Perth Amboy to the south and Orange, and Patterson to the north. The limited access highway overall joins Cape May, New Jersey with the New York Thruway (Interstate 87 & 287). Photo taken 08/11/04.
One of the most complicated interchanges within the state of New Jersey, the Exit 57 & 58A/B junction features ramps onto New Jersey 21 (McCarter Highway) north for Newark, the U.S. 1 & 9 freeway for Elizabeth, Hoboken, and Port Newark, Newark Liberty International Airport, and U.S. 22 west to Hillside. U.S. 22 kisses the eastbound side of Interstate 78 before its terminus at junction U.S. 1 & 9 and New Jersey 21 to the right. Interstate 78 enters the New Jersey Turnpike Extension east of the ramps for U.S. 1 & 9 north and Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Exit 58B provides the final exit before the tolled section of Interstate 78. The loop ramp joins the freeway for U.S. 1 & 9 northbound onto the Pulaski Skyway. The federal highway tandem travel the historic bridge across the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers into Hoboken and Jersey City. Ahead is the New Jersey Turnpike ramps to Interstate 95 and entrance for Interstate 78. Interstate 78 travels the New Jersey Turnpike Extension across Newark Bay into Bayonne and Jersey City. Photo taken 08/11/04.
New Jersey Turnpike Extension - Interstate 78 East
Interstate 78 enters the New Jersey Turnpike Extension east of its interchange with Interstate 95. The four-lane toll highway proceeds to ascend across the Newark Bay Bridge beteen Newark and Bayonne. Pictured here are New Jersey Turnpike style variable message and speed limit signs. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 travels a steel arch bridge over Newark Bay across the Essex and Hudson County line. Constructed as part of the New Jersey Turnpike Spur between the Turnpike mainline and the Holland Tunnel, the bridge opened on April 4, 1956 at a cost of $40-million.1 Photos taken 08/09/04.
Descending toward Bayonne and the Exit 14A trumpet interchange for New Jersey 440. The forthcoming ramp travels south to Avenue E than east to Pulaski Street and New Jersey 440 itself. New Jersey 440 continues New York 440 northbound across the Bayonne Bridge into New Jersey from Staten Island, New York. The state highway was proposed as a full freeway between the Bayonne Bridge and Interstate 78. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Auxiliary overhead for the Bayonne Bridge via Exit 14A. New York 440 travels the original New York 169 between Interstate 78 and the Kill Van Kull crossing into Staten Island. The state route was renumbered as part of New Jersey 440 when it was realized the freeway between the Bayonne Bridge and Interstate 78 was not to be realized. The small sign posted on the sign bridge is for the Bayonne Cruise Port. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound at the Exit 14A off-ramp for New Jersey 440. New Jersey 440 travels a multi-lane divided highway from the Bayonne Bridge northward through Bayonne to Jersey City and junction U.S. 1 & 9 Truck at Lincoln Park. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 sweeps northeastward toward downtown Jersey City and the Holland Tunnel. The skylines of both Jersey City and Lower Manhattan portray a blissful urban landscape of New York City. The tall structure in the foreground is that of the 30 Hudson Street tower in Jersey City itself. Photos taken 08/09/04.
A lone Interstate 78 eastbound reassurance marker posted on the New Jersey Turnpike between Exits 14A and 14B. The four-lane tollway travels north from Bayonne to New Jersey 139 in Jersey City. Photo taken 08/09/04.
O.50-mile guide sign for the Exit 14B trumpet interchange to Bay View Avenue in Jersey City. Bay View Avenue travels west to Garfield Avenue and the Jersey City street grid and east to Liberty State Park at Morris Pesin Drive & Burma Road. A ferry service links Liberty State Park with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound at the Exit 14B off-ramp onto Bayview Avenue. Bayview Avenue travels west of Garfield Avenue to Bergen Avenue and the West Bergen neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 08/09/04.
One half mile south of the New Jersey Turnpike Extension toll plaza for Interstate 78 eastbound at Exit 14C. The ticketed system of the New Jersey Turnpike mainline extends to the Extension for all motorists. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Exit 14C consists of an off-ramp for Jersey City and Liberty State Park and the Interstate 78 mainline jaunt toward the Holland Tunnel. An off-ramp departs Interstate 78 beyond the toll plaza for Pacific Avenue and Grand Street. Photo taken 08/09/04.
New Jersey Turnpike Extension toll plaza for Interstate 78 eastbound. Traffic splits between the Holland Tunnel and Exit 14C beyond the barrier. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 eastbound beyond the toll plaza at Jersey City. The Pacific Avenue and Grand Street off-ramp departs the freeway into the Communipaw section of the city. The NJ Transit Light Rail park and ride lot exists just east of Interstate 78 along Grand Street. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 ascends a viaduct between Center and Merseles Streets northward from Grand Street to Newark Avenue. The freeway curves northeast to the one-way street couplet of 12th & 14th Streets through east Jersey City. The New Jersey 139 freeway ties into Interstate 78 eastbound ahead of the transition into 12th Street. Photos taken 08/09/04.
The stretch of Interstate 78 between the New Jersey Turnpike Extension and the Holland Tunnel ranks high on the Interstate oddity list with Breezewood (Interstate 70), Interstate 180 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Interstate 585 in Spartanburg, South Carolina in that it features a stretch of at-grade roadway with traffic signals. New Jersey 139 & Interstate 78 eastbound descend to their intersection with Jersey Avenue onto 12th Street here. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 (12th Street) eastbound at the intersection with Erie Street. The four-block stretch of 12th Street is lined with gas stations and other businesses between the Turnpike and Holland Tunnel toll plaza. Interstate 78 westbound follows 14th Street one block to the north. Photo taken 08/09/04.
One block east of Erie Street at Grove Street on Interstate 78 (12th Street) eastbound. Grove Street flows south while Erie Street flows north across 12th Street. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 78 intersects Luis Munoz Marin Boulevard ahead of the west portal to the Holland Tunnel. A MTA Police officer stands guard beyond the "Last Exit Before Toll" intersection at the Holland Tunnel toll plaza. Use Luis Munoz Marin Boulevard northward for Hoboken and southward for the Newport Centre Mall. Photo taken 08/09/04.

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Sources:
1 - Bayonne-Port Newark Bridge (I-78), NYCRoads.com.

Page Posted December 5, 2004.