Following the western branch, Interstate 95W travels across the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area on the two-mile approach to junction Interstate 280 west. Interstate 280 joins the Turnpike with Kearny, Newark, and the Oranges. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interests to downtown Newark and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center should use Exit 15W to Interstate 280. Itnerests to the South Kearny industrial area should remain on the N.J. Turnpike south to Exit 15E. Interstate 280 otherwise departs via a trumpet interchange for Hudson County 508 and Harrison. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95W combines with the eastern branch of Interstate 95 at the Passaic River high level bridge. The Turnpike begins its dual freeway configuration with inside lanes dedicated to cars only and outside lanes to all vehicles. Exit 15W meanwhile departs for Interstate 280's westbound beginning. The freeway travels 17.85 miles to Interstate 80 near Parsippany. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The split branches of the New Jersey Turnpike reconvene south of the Exit 15W interchange with Interstate 280 at Newark. At the Passaic River, Interstate 95 travels east of the Newark central business district. Viewed here is the skyline along the western horizon from the Passaic River crossing. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 95 continues its descend from the high-level Passaic River bridge toward the Exit 15E interchange for Newark and Jersey City. U.S. 1 & 9 cross paths over the New Jersey Turnpike along the Pulaski Skyway. The Skyway passes over the toll road on its path over the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers into Jersey City. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Exit 15E connects the turnpike with U.S. 1 & 9 Truck (Raymond Boulevard) at eastern reaches of Newark. U.S. 1 & 9 Truck follow a surface routing through Kearny and Jersey City for commercial trucks prohibited along the Pulaski Skyway. Raymond Boulevard splits with Ferry Street west of Interstate 95 on separate paths into downtown Newark. Doremus Avenue travels south to the Newark port facilities from the interchange complex. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The split carriageways of the New Jersey Turnpike converge south of the Exit 15E interchange into the cars and cars & trucks roadway configuration. Trucks from both branches of the New Jersey Turnpike must use the outside carriageway unless otherwise indicated from Newark southward to New Brunswick. The next two interchanges serve Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Next in line for southbound travelers is the Exit 14 junction with Interstate 78 (New Jersey Turnpike Extension), U.S. 1 & 9, and U.S. 22 westbound. A complex series of ramps joins the three freeways together in southeast Newark. Interstate 78 follows the New Jersey Turnpike Extension east to Exits 14A, 14B, and 14C, serving Jersey City, Bayonne, and the Holland Tunnel into Lower Manhattan. Interstate 78 west comprises a freeway west through Newark, Irvington, Springfield, Pluckemin, and Easton, Pennsylvania. U.S. 1 & 9 follow a freeway south from the Pulaski Skyway to Newark Airport and junction U.S. 22 west. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Exit 14 departs Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike) southbound well ahead of the interchange complex with Interstate 78 (New Jersey Turnpike Extension). Interstate 78 provides access to the U.S. 1 & 9 freeway for Newark Airport and Newark itself and to U.S. 22 westbound for its freeway to Hillside and Union. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 95 southbound at the departure of Exit 14 for Interstate 78, U.S. 1 & 9, and U.S. 22 west. Interstate 78 interchanges with the U.S. 1 & 9 freeway and the westbound beginning of U.S. 22 just west of its departure from the New Jersey Turnpike Extension. U.S. 1 & 9 provide connections with New Jersey 21 (McCarter Highway) northbound for downtown Newark and otherwise travel south alongside Newark Airport to junction New Jersey 81 and Elizabeth. Interstate 78 eastbound crosses the Newark Bay Bridge into Bayonne and Jersey City. The New Jersey Turnpike Extension is part of the turnpike ticket system with tolls levied for each of the three exits and the transition to 12th Street ahead of the Holland Tunnel. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The carriageway of Interstate 95E enters the scene at the Exit 14 ramp departure for Interstate 78 and U.S. 1, 9, and 22. Normally trucks must depart the Interstate 95W roadway for the outer carriageway of the combined New Jersey Turnpike. However in instances of construction, accident closures, or congestion, turnpike officials may direct all travelers onto the inner carriageway as deemed necessary. Photo taken 06/13/05.
A parting shot of the Exit 14 partition with ramps for Interstate 78 west to U.S. 1, 9, and 22 and Interstate 78 east to Bayonne and Jersey City. The westbound control point of Clinton resides along the Interstate 78 corridor midway between Interstate 287 and Easton, Pennsylvania. Most guide signs in North Jersey for Interstate 78 west replaced Clinton with Easton, PA as the destination of choice in the 1990s. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The two-mile guide sign for Exit 13A resides ahead of the Interstate 78 over crossing of Interstate 95 southbound. New Jersey 81 meets the Turnpike ahead, providing a direct connection between the U.S. 1 & 9 Freeway at Newark Liberty International Airport and Interstate 95. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The New Jersey Turnpike features neon traffic message signs throughout the 122-mile toll road. These signs illuminate when conditions warrant to advise motorists of traffic congestion, construction, accidents, etc. Pictured here is one of the said signs in action. Note the variable speed limit sign posted alongside the overhead. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 95 crosses into Union County from Essex County on the one mile approach to Exit 13A. The forthcoming interchange complex serves New Jersey 81 northbound, North Avenue, and Jersey Gardens Boulevard. New Jersey 81 leads to Newark Airport; North Avenue and Jersey Gardens serve the city of Elizabeth and the Elizabeth Seaport to the east. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Separate ramps depart the two carriageways of the New Jersey Turnpike for New Jersey 81 north, North Avenue, and Jersey Gardens Boulevard south. Jersey Gardens Boulevard heads southeast to 3rd Street and Jersey Gardens. North Avenue travels west from McLester Street to U.S. 1 & 9 (Spring Street) where it upgrades to New Jersey 439 and continues west to New Jersey 27 (Newark Avenue). Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 278 meets the New Jersey Turnpike at the Exit 13 interchange in south Elizabeth. Interstate 278 comprises a major route through New York City, heading southwest from the Bronx through Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island to Linden, New Jersey. Interstate 278 spans the Arthur Kills River between Staten Island and Elizabeth via the four-lane Goethels Bridge. The Goethels Bridge includes a $6 toll for all passenger vehicles traveling eastbound into Richmond County, New York. West of Interstate 95, Interstate 278 spurs to U.S. 1 & 9 (Edgar Road) where it ends prematurely at Linden. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Continuing south through Linden toward the Exit 12 interchange with Roosevelt Avenue (Middlesex County 602) at Carteret. Roosevelt Avenue travels west from Carteret as Randolph Avenue to Middlesex County 514 (Rahway Avenue) and Rahway. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Tremley Point Road crosses over the New Jersey Turnpike one mile north of the Exit 12 trumpet interchange with Roosevelt Avenue. The four carriageways of the Turnpike span the Rahway River between here and Carteret. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Exit 12 leaves the inner carriageway of the New Jersey Turnpike southbound for Roosevelt Avenue at Carteret. Middlesex County 602 follows Roosevelt Avenue east through Carteret to Port Reading Avenue. Rahway, to the west, lies along U.S. 1 & 9 and New Jersey 27 (St. Georges Avenue) across the Union County line. Photo taken 06/13/05.
New Jersey Turnpike southbound motorists next approach the Thomas Edison Service Plaza. The facility provides on-site gas, food, and tourist information. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Port Reading Avenue (Middlesex County 604) crosses over Interstate 95 ahead of the Thomas Edison Service Plaza. The plaza itself resides within Port Reading. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Exit 11 represents a major crossroads when the Garden State Parkway meets the New Jersey Turnpike at Woodbridge. The Garden State Parkway constitutes a 172-mile long toll road traveling the length of New Jersey from Cape May north to the New York state line at Montvale. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Southbound at the Woodbridge Avenue over crossing, one mile north of the Exit 11 trumpet interchange for Garden State Parkway and U.S. 9. U.S. 9 parallels the Garden State Parkway closely from Woodbridge southward across the Edison Bridge to South Amboy. Both highways continue south toward Toms River, Atlantic City, and Cape May. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Exit 11 serves the communities of Perth Amboy and South Amboy closely via U.S. 9 and the Garden State Parkway. Shore Points refers to the coastal cities along the Garden State Parkway corridor south from Long Branch to Cape May. The toll road provides a high speed route to Asbury Park, Point Pleasant, Long Beach, and other towns along the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken 06/13/05.
A connector roadway and toll plaza join the New Jersey Turnpike with the Garden State Parkway at Exit 11. U.S. 9 ties into the parkway within a mile south of the turnpike. For northbound travelers, the Garden State Parkway provides a free route to Cranford, Union, and junction U.S. 22. Photo taken 06/13/05.
After the Exit 11 ramp departures, Interstate 95 progresses two miles southwest toward junction Interstate 287 & New Jersey 440 (Exit 10). Interstate 287 comprises an outer belt route for the North Jersey metropolitan area, serving such cities as Piscataway, Morristown, Oakland, and Mahwah. The south end of the Interstate transitions into the New Jersey 440 east-west freeway between Fords and Perth Amboy. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The only stack along the New Jersey Turnpike occurs at the Garden State Parkway and Main Street over crossings at Woodbridge. The parkway mainline comprises the second level. Main Street (Middlesex County 514) spans the crossing on the top level. Photo taken 06/13/05.
In addition to serving the cities of Metuchen via Interstate 287 north and Perth Amboy via New Jersey 440 east, Exit 10 also provides access to Edison Township and the Outerbridge Crossing respectively. Edison Township entails the communities west of the Garden State Parkway along the U.S. 1 and New Jersey 27 corridors. New Jersey 440 spans the Arthur Kills River between Perth Amboy and Staten Island, New York via the four-lane Outerbridge Crossing. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 95 southbound at the Exit 10 trumpet interchange with the connecting roadway to Interstate 287 north, New Jersey 440 east, and Middlesex County 514 (Woodbridge Avenue). Interstate 287 ventures west to junction U.S. 1 and Metuchen within its first two miles. New Jersey 440 transitions into New York 440 once in Staten Island, providing direct access to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Parkway and West Shore Expressway. Woodbridge Avenue crosses the freeways at the connecting ramps from the New Jersey Turnpike between Bonhamtown and Fords. Photo taken 06/13/05.
U.S. 1 parallels the New Jersey Turnpike closely from Metuchen southwest to Highland Park and New Brunswick. Exit 9 provides direct access to the federal highway via the New Jersey 18 expressway connector. New Jersey 18 constitutes a major north-south arterial between Old Bridge and New Brunswick otherwise. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Interstate 95 continues through south Ediston Township ahead of the Raritan River crossing into New Brunswick. U.S. 1 crosses the river along a concrete arch bridge visible to the west. At Exit 9, New Jersey 18 meets the New Jersey Turnpike at a trumpet interchange one mile east of its interchange with U.S. 1. U.S. 1 provides a six-lane through route between New Brunswick and Trenton parallel to Interstate 95. The divided highway continues southwest three miles to the split with U.S. 130 and 23 miles to the Trenton Belt Line portion of Interstate 95. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Drivers bound for New Jersey 18 and U.S. 1 at New Brunswick depart the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 9. New Jersey 18 travels three miles southeast to South River and five miles to Old Bridge. The state highway upgrades to a freeway at junction U.S. 9, comprising a limited-access highway from there to Neptune, Asbury Park, and Belmar. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The New Jersey Turnpike leaves the greater New York metro area on the drive to South Brunswick and junction New Jersey 32 (Forsgate Drive). Exit 8A serves the Middlsex County communities of Jamesburg to the east and Cranbury to the southwest via connections with Middlesex County 612 (Forsgate Drive) and U.S. 130. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Monroe and South Brunswick join Jamesburg and Cranbury as control cities for Exit 8A on Interstate 95 south. South Brunswick entails the areas at the New Jersey 32 junction with U.S. 130 nearby. Monroe Township lies south of Jamesburg and east of the New Jersey Turnpike. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Southbound entering the Exit 8A trumpet interchange with New Jersey 32 (Forsgate Drive). New Jersey 32 constitutes a short state highway along Forsgate Drive between U.S. 130 and Interstate 95. U.S. 130 parallels the toll road from North Brunswick south to Penns Grove near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The federal highway travels through Cranbury between New Jersey 32 and New Jersey 133 at East Windsor. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Exit 8A departs Interstate 95 southbound onto the connector road for New Jersey 32 (Forsgate Drive). The two southbound carriageways converge in one mile. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
The dual-carriageway configuration of the New Jersey Turnpike southbound ends ahead of the Molly Pitcher Service Area near South Brunswick. After the merge, cars and trucks share a total of three southbound lanes through to Exit 4 (Cherry Hill). Photos taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Prospect Plains Road passes over Interstate 95 southbound ahead of the Molly Pitcher Service Area. By this time the dual carriageway merge is now complete. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Looking at the one-mile guide sign for Exit 8, junction New Jersey 33 (Franklin Street) posted on Interstate 95 southbound. New Jersey 33 constitutes an east-west route through East Windsor, Hightstown, and Twin Rivers within the vicinity of the New Jersey Turnpike. The Hightstown Bypass (New Jersey 133) encircles the communities between U.S. 130 and New Jersey 33 to the north. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
New Jersey 33 travels west from Neptune City on the New Jersey Coast through the Freehold area and Manalapan to Twin Rivers, Hightstown, and East Windsor. The state highway merges with U.S. 130 south for five miles to Windsor and Robbinsville west of Interstate 95. Pictured here is the Exit 8 ramp departure of the New Jersey Turnpike southbound. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Continuing southward along Interstate 95 and the New Jersey Turnpike toward junction Interstate 195 (Exit 7A). Interstate 195 is an east-west freeway linking the capital city of Trenton with the New Jersey coastline at Belmar. The freeway serves Six Flags Great Adventure via Exit 16 at Jackson to the east. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Original button copy overheads remain in use at the Exit 7A ramp departure for Interstate 195 on Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike) southbound. Interstate 195 ends at Interstate 295 and New Jersey 29 seven miles to the west and at the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey 138 30 miles to the east. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
U.S. 206 crosses paths with the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 7 near Mansfield Square. The federal highway heads south from Trenton, White Horse, and Bordentown to Ewansville, Red Lion, and Hammonton in South Jersey. U.S. 206 shares a brief overlap with U.S. 130 through Bordentown one mile north of Interstate 95. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Attached to the U.S. 206 overpass is the 1.50-mile overhead for the Exit 6 interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension (Interstate 95 south). New guide signs for the upcoming junction feature Interstate 276 shields for the eventual Pennsylvania Turnpike designation at Bristol, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Six lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike & Interstate 95 southbound draw to within one mile of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension. Interstate 95 leaves the turnpike mainline here for the extension westbound into Pennsylvania. An interchange resides halfway between the upcoming exit and the Delaware River with U.S. 130 at Florence. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Exit 6 guide sign for the Interstate 95 partition from the New Jersey Turnpike southbound. Interstate 95 did have one reassurance shield per direction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension between 2000 and 2004. For some reason however those shields were removed. By 2012 the connection at Bristol, Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline will be complete and Interstate 95 will officially relocate onto the toll highway from the Trenton belt line. Photo taken 03/23/04.
An auxiliary guide sign advises southbound motorists destined for Camden or the Delaware Memorial Bridge to remain straight in lieu of the Exit 6 off-ramp. The sign bridge at the actual split remains in its original form with nondescript button copy overheads. Photo taken 03/23/04.
A 1950s retro sign bridge guides motorists through the Exit 6 interchange where Interstate 95 southbound departs the New Jersey Turnpike mainline for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension. The extension crosses the Delaware River into the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 6.4 miles to the west. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).