Interstate 95 Northbound - New Jersey Turnpike Split
Interstate 95 north
The New Jersey Turnpike partitions into separate roadways between Newark and Ridgefield. The dual freeway allows for separate connections to Interstate 280 west and New Jersey 3 at the Meadowlands from New Jersey 495 east to the Lincoln Tunnel. Changeable signs also try to partition through traffic interests to Interstate 80 west and U.S. 46 onto the eastern branch and the George Washington Bridge onto the western branch. Pictured here is the inner carriageway split into the Interstate 95 east and west roadways. Photos taken 06/26/05.
Nearing the New Jersey Turnpike split at Kearny on the outer carriageway of Interstate 95 northbound. The Turnpike splits even into two separate freeways between the eastern terminus of Interstate 280 (Exit 15W) and Ridgefield near U.S. 46 (Exit 68). The partition segregates traffic bound for Interstate 280 west to Newark, the Meadowlands (via New Jersey 3 west), and the George Washington Bridge with those destined for New Jersey 3 & 495 east to Hoboken, and the Lincoln Tunnel to Midtown Manhattan. The signs are adjustable to redirect traffic based upon traffic conditions. Photos taken 08/29/05.
This suite of photos displays the New Jersey Turnpike split from the incoming ramps from Interstate 78 (New Jersey Turnpike). Photos taken 08/29/05, 06/26/05, and 08/11/04.
I-95 Northbound - New Jersey Turnpike Eastern Branch
Traffic interests to U.S. 1 & 9 must use the eastern branch of the New Jersey Turnpike for Exit 15E. U.S. 1 & 9 follow a freeway north from Newark Liberty International Airport through east Newark to the Pulaski Skyway and Jersey City. Exit 15E does not provide access onto the Pulaski Skyway northbound but instead U.S. 1 & 9 Truck northbound to Jersey City. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The Pulaski Skyway comes into view ahead of the Exit 15E ramp departure to U.S. 1 & 9. U.S. 1 & 9 break into a mainline and truck route from Newark to Jersey City. The truck route follows a surface routing east through Kearny and Lincroft to junction New Jersey 440 at Lincoln Park. U.S. 1 & 9 meanwhile ascend along the Pulaski Skyway above the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers into north Newark. Photo taken 08/29/05.
A two-lane off-ramp leaves the eastern branch of the New Jersey Turnpike northbound for U.S. 1 & 9 Truck. Ramps from Exit 15E serve U.S. 1 & 9 Truck north, Doremus Avenue south, the U.S. 1 & 9 freeway southbound, and Raymond Boulevard west and Foundry Street south. Interests to the Pulaski Skyway northbound should take Interstate 78 west (Exit 15) for its northbound on-ramp to U.S. 1 & 9. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The Pulaski Skyway travels over the New Jersey Turnpike north of the Exit 15E interchange complex. The skyway carries U.S. 1 & 9 east across the Hackensack River into Jersey City toward the Holland Tunnel and New Jersey 139. Travelers on Interstate 95 northbound are afforded an excellent view of the historic bridge system. Photo taken 08/29/05.
A look at the Exit 15E split into ramps for Doremus Avenue south, U.S. 1 & 9 Truck north, and U.S. 1 & 9 Truck south & Raymond Boulevard west. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Various views of the Pulaski Skyway from the eastern branch of the New Jersey Turnpike northbound. The areas in and around the Hackensack River are industrial in nature. Beyond the Jersey City landscape are the skyscrapers of Manhattan Island. Note the yellow plume of smoke in the fourth photo emanating from a nearby plant. Photos taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95 crosses a high level bridge over the Hackensack River between the partial "Y" interchange with Interstate 280 and Secaucus. The span offers views of the Pulaski Skyway to the south and the high rises of New York City, including the Empire State Building to the east. Photos taken 08/29/05.
Nearing completion at the time of this photograph, Exit 15X serves the Secaucus Transfer Station between Union City and Secaucus. The facility provides connections to mass transit facilities for both Midtown Manhattan and the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 15X interchange complex with the Secaucus Transfer Station. The new interchange opened for traffic in late November 2005. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Nearing the Exit 16E directional interchange with New Jersey 3 and New Jersey 495 east at North Bergen and Secaucus. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The eastern branch of Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 16E off-ramp for New Jersey 3 east to the Lincoln Tunnel, Union City, Weehawken, and Manhattan, New York. New Jersey 3 begins at U.S. 1 & 9 in Union City and travels northwest from there as a freeway to Secaucus, Rutherford, and Passaic. New Jersey 495 (former Interstate 495) stems east from New Jersey 3 at Union City to the Lincoln Tunnel and Manhattan Island. A toll plaza exists for both Exit 16E and the Interstate 95 mainline ahead. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Secaucus Road passes over Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 16E partition for traffic to New Jersey 3 and Interstate 95 northbound. New Jersey 3 serves the Meadowlands Sports Complex (home of the Giants Stadium) three miles to the northeast. New Jersey 495 spans the Hudson River into Midtown Manhattan three miles to the east. Once signed as Interstate 495, the Lincoln Tunnel dumps traffic onto 42nd and 30th Streets in New York. The unconstructed Mid-Manhattan Expressway was to link the Lincoln and Queens Midtown Tunnels, creating a seamless freeway between Hoboken, New Jersey and the Long Island Expressway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The final New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza encountered by all motorists serves both Exit 16E for New Jersey 3 & 495 east and the Interstate 95 northbound mainline. Travelers continue five miles north to Ridgefield from here. Photo taken 08/29/05.
A look at the Exit 16E ramp partition for New Jersey 3 and New Jersey 495 east. New Jersey 495 east provides connections to U.S. 1 & 9 via the end of New Jersey 3. New Jersey 3 westbound continues as a freeway nine miles to its end at junction U.S. 46 at Richfield. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Six lanes of the eastern branch of the New Jersey Turnpike travel through wetlands along the Hackensack River between Secaucus and Ridgefield. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The final New Jersey Turnpike service area resides ahead of the eastern and western branch merge of Interstate 95 near Ridgefield. Named for Vince Lombardi, New Jersey native and head coach of the Superbowl I and II champion Green Bay Packers, the facility provides access to both freeways of Interstate 95. Photos taken 08/29/05.
The toll plaza at New Jersey 3 is the last toll levied on the eastern branch of the New Jersey Turnpike. There are no other exits on this branch between Secaucus and junction U.S. 46 (Exit 68) at Ridgefield Park. Pictured here are changeable overheads for the Interstate 95 partition into separate roads for northbound to the George Washington Bridge and the westbound beginning of Interstate 80 to Hackensack and Patterson. Photo taken 08/11/04.
A look at the previous set of changeable signs installed on the eastern branch of Interstate 95 northbound ahead of its merge with the western branch and roadway split. The dual carriageway configuration defaults traffic onto Interstate 80 westbound to the left and Interstate 95 northbound to the right. Traffic destined for U.S. 46 (Exit 68) must use the outer carriageway. Photo taken 03/15/00.
The separate branches of Interstate 95 come together at Ridgefield near the crossing of the Overpeck River. The freeway partitions into separate carriageways for Interstate 80 west and Interstate 95 north for the George Washington Bridge. Travelers using the inner carriageway default onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 with no other departure points. Ridgefield traffic should use the outer carriageway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95 Northbound - New Jersey Turnpike Western Branch
Attached to the Exit 15W over crossing is the two-mile guide sign for Exit 15W (Interstate 280 west). Interstate 280 provides a through route to north Newark, Orange, and Interstate 80 near Parsippany. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Both branches of the New Jersey Turnpike rise to span the Hackensack River between the Pulaski Skyway and junction Interstate 280 west. Exit 15W serves north only the westbound freeway but also Hudson County 508 (Newark and Jersey City Turnpike) for the city of Kearny. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 15W ramp departure to Interstate 280 west and Hudson County 508 (Newark and Jersey City Turnpike). Interstate 280 interchanges with Hudson County 508 at its first interchange within one mile. From there the freeway enters East Newark and Harrison en route to the Passaic River lift bridge into the city of Newark. Interstate 280 merges onto Interstate 80 west in 17 miles. Hudson County 508 meanwhile constitutes a surface route 3.75 miles west from New Jersey 7 at Kearny to New Jersey 21 (McCarter Highway) at Newark. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Heavy traffic travels alongside wetlands areas between Kearny and Secaucus on the western branch of Interstate 95. The New Jersey Turnpike enters Bergen County on this stretch. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Next in line for Interstate 95 northbound motorists is the Exit 16W trumpet interchange with the New Jersey 3 freeway at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The Meadowlands are home to Giants Stadium, home of the NFL New York Jets and Giants, and Continental Airlines Arena, home of the NHL New Jersey Devils and NBA New Jersey Nets. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Exit 16W also provides access to New Jersey 3 eastbound for its connection to New Jersey 495 east and the Lincoln Tunnel. The eastern branch of Interstate 95 is signed as the most direct route to Midtown Manhattan via the tunnel, however New Jersey 3 follows a freeway three miles between the two branches of the turnpike, providing a viable alternate route. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Exit 15W departs Interstate 95 northbound for New Jersey 3 east and west, and New Jersey 120 northbound for the Meadowlands Sports Complex. New Jersey 3 comprises a full freeway from U.S. 46 near Richfield to U.S. 1 & 9 at Union City. The freeway serves the communities of Secaucus, Rutherford, and Allwood. New Jersey 120 follows a freeway spur to the Meadowlands and Peterson Plank Road and Washington Avenue. Photos taken 06/26/05.
The final New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza lies beyond the Exit 16W interchange with New Jersey 3 and 120 at Secaucus. The plaza is orientated so that EZ Pass holders may bypass the booths via a high-speed inner carriageway. Cash paying drivers must veer to the outside lanes into the actual toll plaza. Photos taken 06/26/05.
Patterson Plank Road passes over Interstate 95 northbound ahead of the entry into the final Turnpike toll plaza. Two high speed lanes segregate from the main toll plaza via jersey barriers at the toll barrier. Photos taken 06/26/05.
A partial "Y" interchange linking Interstate 95 south with New Jersey 120 merges onto the toll road beyond the booths. Photo taken 06/26/05.
A turnpike maintenance ramp loops from north to southbound Interstate 95 at the crossing of the Hackensack River. North of the waterway is the Vince Lombardi Service Area, the final such facility along Interstate 95 northbound in New Jersey. The plaza is accessible from both branches of the turnpike and motorists headed southbound may return onto either roadway. Photos taken 06/26/05.
The western branch of Interstate 95 approaches its merge with the eastern branch at the Overpeck River crossing near Ridgefield. A second partitioning of traffic occurs ahead with roadways for Interstate 80 westbound and Interstate 95 northbound to Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Motorists split into ramps for Interstate 80 west and Interstate 95 northbound at the western branch merge with the eastern branch. The inner carriageway of Interstate 95 northbound directly serves the express and local roadways of Interstate 80 westbound without interruption. The outer carriageway serves U.S. 46 and Ridgefield before turning east at the merge with Interstate 80 for Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge into New York City. Photo taken 06/26/05.