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"Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:36:55 PM »

As many of you may know, "Jersey Freeway" is a term applied to a type of multilane divided road whereby private access is allowed but at-grade access across the median is prohibited.  Instead, access from one side to the other (and all "left turns") is provided via interchanges and overpasses.  This type of road is often found in New Jersey (hence the term), but examples exist elsewhere.

While on a trip to Maine this past weekend, I pondered the existence of Jersey freeways outside of Jersey proper.  There are three I know of offhand and I'll start with those examples:

- US 1 on the north side of Boston, from the end of the Northeast Expressway north to past the connector to the I-95/MA 128 Loop.  If it wasn't for a jughandle/U-turn just north of the connector, the Jersey freeway would extend further north to the interchange at I-95/Exit 50.

- BYPASS US 1 in Portsmouth, NH, from the traffic circle at US 4/NH 16 north to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

- US 1 through Bath, ME, from State Rd (the end of the full freeway from Brunswick) to the ramps to Middle St.  Technically US 1 continues as limited access across the river, but from Middle St east across the bridge is undivided road.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2011, 03:08:33 PM »

US 1 has a very brief Jersey Freeway between the Granite Run Mall in Lima and the Media By-Pass.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2011, 08:45:17 PM »

There are several sections of US 22 between Ebensburg and Delmont, Pa., that are configured like this. And it appeared that portions of US 11/US 15 north of Harrisburg are as well; however, it was dark when I drove that route and all I saw was frequent U-turn signage.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2011, 08:46:40 PM »

And it appeared that portions of US 11/US 15 north of Harrisburg are as well; however, it was dark when I drove that route and all I saw was frequent U-turn signage.
This has backwards jughandles (you turn left into it and cross the other direction at-grade).
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011, 08:48:55 PM »

US 1 along the shore of Rhode Island is up for debate. There are no direct crossings, but there are U-turns in the median. If you look at them as individual left-exits and left-merges, I say it counts.

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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2011, 04:10:06 AM »

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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2011, 05:37:24 AM »

I-40 in New Mexico :)
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2011, 06:38:04 AM »

I-40 in New Mexico :)

for some reason, I remember those "TEMPORARY" side roads being closed off.  Am I mistaken?

that said - I-40 around the NC/TN line.  I-5 in the Grapevine.  I-8 in a few spots in western Arizona.  And probably others I am not recalling successfully.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2011, 06:54:53 AM »

Ontario has expressways like that, we dubb them RIRO expressways.  Sections of both Hwy 11 and Hwy 35/115 meet this description



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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2011, 07:20:16 AM »

There's lots of these on dual carriageways in the UK, as cross-median turns have been blocked off.

thinking of the A1 between Peterborough and Doncaster and the Northern Irish A1 between the A101 and Newry in particular.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2011, 12:44:45 PM »

US 101 south of Petaluma, CA is like that, and so is US 70 in Raleigh, NC...nothing really like that in Florida.

I recall N152 in Spain used that type of setup in a few places, a few stores and gas stations between Montserrat and Barcelona. But I think that was used because some of the terrain had steep grades and curves in those mountain foothills.

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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2011, 01:28:06 PM »

Altenate US 90 (Old Spanish Trail/S. Main Street) in Houston between Beltway 8 and just short of I-610 is sort of a "Jersey freeway"...technically, it's a RIRO with interchanges with major roadways.


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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2011, 02:54:06 PM »

US 101 south of Petaluma, CA is like that

Actually, there are three full out median crossings (two at San Antonio Road, one at Kastania Road where a gas station is), not quite the same thing.  More of a (California-style) expressway.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2011, 06:41:04 PM »

US 69 in Overland Park, KS is one where it is aligned on Metcalf Avenue!
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2011, 07:14:12 PM »

The westernmost bits of NY 27/Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County are like this.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2011, 10:51:50 AM »

Mexico is full of this type of expressway.  Below are some Google street view snapshots:

From the free bypass around Monterrey, NL (Saltillo - Reynosa, signed as Federal Highway 40):
This highway has had no at-grade intersections or even crossovers between the Highway 85 interchange and its terminus at the mainline of Highway 40 (a distance of 22 miles) since about 2009.


Highway 40 entering Saltillo from Monterrey is another example:
It now has no breaks in the median from the crossovers near the Venustiano Carranza sculpture to the stoplight at Calle Canadá (a distance of 3 miles); some of the stoplights were removed in favor of semi-freeway interchanges like this one, where southwest-bound traffic is carried over a bridge, and the left turn for northeast-bound traffic is accommodate at-grade underneath it.  ///Note - If you don't mind crossovers and median-located service areas, it's basically a Jersey freeway all the way from just outside Monterrey (a distance of 37 miles).///
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2011, 12:04:32 PM »

Another one I'd forgotten about:  PA 12 in Reading from US 222/422 to the overpass at PA 183.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2011, 10:21:10 PM »

I-40 in New Mexico :)

for some reason, I remember those "TEMPORARY" side roads being closed off.  Am I mistaken?

that said - I-40 around the NC/TN line.  I-5 in the Grapevine.  I-8 in a few spots in western Arizona.  And probably others I am not recalling successfully.

I'm sure I-10 and/or I-20 in far western Texas are also like that. It's been years since I last came through what I used to call "the world's largest nowhere!"
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2011, 11:37:45 PM »

I think SR 17 between San Jose and Santa Cruz is one (where it's not a full freeway).
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2011, 02:05:49 AM »

I think SR 17 between San Jose and Santa Cruz is one (where it's not a full freeway).
While CA-17 does have a center barrier for most of it's length from Los Gatos to Scotts Valley, there are breaks in it to allow left turns onto side roads like at Idylwild Drive, Darrell Road, Glenwood Drive and Laurel Road just to name a few.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2011, 10:51:27 PM »

A section of QC-117 is like that, between Mont-Tremblant and Saint-Faustin.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2011, 01:21:41 PM »

A section of QC-117 is like that, between Mont-Tremblant and Saint-Faustin.

There also a short section of PQ-134 at Longueuil between Desauniers Blvd and Cure-Poirier blvd who's like that as well
http://maps.google.com/?ll=45.512738,-73.496068&spn=0.011653,0.01929&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=45.51274,-73.500156&panoid=YSphdljdJUAClfya58lC3Q&cbp=12,278.16,,0,8.79
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2011, 07:03:38 PM »

U.S. 169 from I-70 in Kansas City past the downtown airport is kind of like this description. Further north it's more of a true freeway closer to where it intersects I-29.
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2011, 01:53:35 AM »

Oregon 99W seems to have a few intermittent stretches that act similar - namely between the Tualatin River and Rex Hill, again between Newberg and Dundee, and yet again between Lafayette and McMinnville.  However in these sections there is a full median and not just a jersey barrier, so would that disqualify it?

Oregon 22 between the junctions with Oregon 51 and Oregon 99W west of Salem could potentially qualify since it used to be a standard five-lane road, with the jersey barrier taking out the center left-turn lane; yet private driveway access is still maintained.  Oregon 22 east of Salem, towards Stayton, is a mix of separate median and jersey barrier, but I'm not sure how many driveway accesses that it has.  It does, however, have an at-grade railroad crossing which is rather odd for what is otherwise a freeway.  (The railroad crosses not only the four lanes of the mainline, but also an on-ramp.)
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Re: "Jersey freeways" outside of New Jersey
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2011, 03:42:00 AM »

Oregon 99W seems to have a few intermittent stretches that act similar - namely between the Tualatin River and Rex Hill, again between Newberg and Dundee, and yet again between Lafayette and McMinnville.  However in these sections there is a full median and not just a jersey barrier, so would that disqualify it?

I would think that as long as there are no median crossings, it'd fit the description.
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