Interstate 95 North - New Jersey Turnpike East Spur

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Interstate 95 & New Jersey Turnpike north
Traffic interests to U.S. 1 & 9 are directed onto the NJ Turnpike East Spur to Exit 15E. U.S. 1 & 9 follow a freeway north from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 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 separate into a mainline and truck route from Newark to Jersey City. The truck route follows a surface routing east through Kearny and Lincroft to 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 East Spur 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, Raymond Boulevard west and Foundry Street south. Interests to the Pulaski Skyway northbound should take Interstate 78 west (Exit 15) for its on-ramp to U.S. 1 & 9 north. 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.
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Various views of the Pulaski Skyway from the eastern branch of the New Jersey Turnpike northbound. Areas in and around the Hackensack River are industrial in nature. Beyond the Jersey City landscape are the skyscrapers of Manhattan Island.
The Pulaski Skyway, a 3.5-mile long elevated roadway, opened to traffic on November 24, 1932. The truss bridge peaks at 135 feet above the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers and was built as part of a 13.2-mile extension project for U.S. 1 in the 1920s. The bridge was dedicated to American Revolutionary hero General Casimir Pulaski on October 11, 1933.1 Photos taken 08/29/05.
The Jersey City and Manhattan skylines comes into view beyond the Pulaski Skyway. Photo taken 08/29/05.
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Interstate 95 crosses a high level bridge over the Hackensack River between the wye interchange with Interstate 280 and the town of Secaucus. Photos taken 08/29/05.
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Laurel Hill rises to 175 feet above sea level just east of the river. A mass of volcanic bedrock appears along side the NJ Turnpike as I-95 approaches the trumpet interchange with Seaview Drive. 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 three-wye interchange (Exit 16E) with New Jersey 495 east to New Jersey 3 at North Bergen and Secaucus. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95 north reaches the off-ramp (Exit 16E) for New Jersey 495 east to the Lincoln Tunnel, Union City, Weehawken, and Manhattan, New York. New Jersey 3 begins at U.S. 1 & 9 nearby and travels northwest from there as a freeway to Secaucus, Rutherford, and Passaic. New Jersey 495 (former Interstate 495) stems east from the NJ Turnpike through Union City and the Lincoln Tunnel onto Manhattan Island. A toll plaza precedes Exit 16E on the Interstate 95 mainline ahead. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Secaucus Road (CR 678) passes over Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 16E partition for traffic to New Jersey 495 and 3. New Jersey 3 serves the Meadowlands Sports Complex (home of New York Giants and Jets NFL franchises) three miles to the northwest. New Jersey 495 crosses the Hudson River into Midtown Manhattan three miles to the east.
Once signed as Interstate 495, the Lincoln Tunnel carries 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.
Entering the final New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza along Interstate 95 north. Travelers continue five miles 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 connects I-95 with NJ 3 south to U.S. 1 & 9. Drivers bound for NJ 3 north must utilize the cloverleaf interchange on Paterson Plank Road (CR 681) to make the connection to the NJ 3 freeway. New Jersey 3 extends nine miles north from Secaucus to U.S. 46 at Richfield. Photo taken 08/29/05.
With six overall lanes, the New Jersey Turnpike East Spur plies across wetlands along Cromakill Creek between Secaucus and Ridgefield. Photo taken 08/29/05.
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The final New Jersey Turnpike service area resides ahead of the eastern and western branch merge in south Ridgefield. Named for Vince Lombardi, New Jersey native and head coach of the Superbowl I and II champion Green Bay Packers, the facility services both sections of the Turnpike. Photos taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 95 merges with the NJ Turnpike West Spur (I-95W) with the next exit following in Ridgefield Park village at U.S. 46 (Exit 68). 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 used on the NJ Turnpike eastern branch ahead of the roadway split to I-80. The dual roadway configuration separates traffic onto Interstate 80 west to the left and the continuation of Interstate 95 north to the right. Traffic destined for U.S. 46 (Exit 68) must use the outer roadway. Photo taken 03/15/00.
The East and West Spurs of the NJ Turnpike converge near the crossing of the Overpeck River at Ridgefield. The freeway remains partitioned into separate roadways for I-80 west and I-95 north for the George Washington Bridge. Travelers using the inner roadway default onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 with no other departure points while the outer roadway serves local traffic to Ridgefield. Photo taken 08/29/05.


 

Sources:

  1. "General Casimir Pulaski Memorial Skyway - Routes 1 & 9 (United States 1 – United States 9) - National Register of Historic Places - New Jersey Register of Historic Places." Jersey City Past and Present, Jersey City University web page accessed 04-15-14.


Photo Credits:

  • 03/15/00 by AARoads.
  • 08/11/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/29/05 by AARoads.

Page Updated 04-15-2014.