Interstate 80 runs 68.54 miles across North Jersey, from Delaware Water Gap at Hardwick Township to Interstate 95 at Teaneck Township. The freeway was completed in New Jersey by November 1973.1
I-80 winds through mountainous terrain east into New Jersey, straddling the Delaware River southeast from Kittatinny Mountain to Columbia before swinging east to Jenny Jump Mountain and Allamuchy Township. One final climb takes I-80 over Allamuchy Mountain into Mount Olive Township.
U.S. 206 ties into I-80 around Netcong, which represents the western extent of the North Jersey suburbs. Heading east, I-80 becomes increasingly busy through Wharton, Rockaway Township, Denville Township and Parsippany-Troy Hills to Interstate 287. Traffic counts increase from 70,633 vehicles per day (2010 counts) west of Netcong to 158,825 (2011 counts) ahead of I-280.
A short stretch of dual freeway exists between I-287 and the split with Interstate 280 southeast to Orange and Newark. Beyond that wye interchange, I-80 curves northward to Great Piece Meadows through Fairfield Township ahead of an urban stretch through Totowa, Paterson, Elmwood Park and Saddle Brook Township. An Express / Local roadway setup takes I-80 southeast from Hackensack to Ridgefield Park and the dual freeway of I-95 east to Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge.
Interstate 80 New Jersey Highway Guides
|Interstate 80 trailblazer directing traffic from Hudson Street (CR 124) north onto Kennedy Street west in Hackensack. Photo taken 08/29/05.|
|Ramps connect Kennedy Street with the Local lanes of I-80 two blocks to the west of Hudson Street in Hackensack. Photos taken 08/29/05.|
- Interstate 80 (New Jersey). NYCRoads.com.
08/29/05 by AARoads
Page Updated 05-08-2014.