Interstate 278

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Originally planned to connect with Interstate 78 at Springfield, Interstate 278 exists for just two miles in New Jersey, connecting U.S. 1 & 9 at Linden with the New Jersey Turnpike and Goethals Bridge to Staten Island, NY.

The $1.5-billion replacement project for the aging Goethels Bridge kicked off on May 7, 2014. Four years of construction will result in a new cable-stayed bridge accommodating six 12 foot wide travel lanes, five foot inside shoulders and 12 foot outside shoulders. Additionally the span will include a 10 foot wide sidewalk along the north side of the bridge and provisions for future transit service. Plans call for initial service on the new crossing in late 2016, with overall completed of the project in late 2017.1,2

Interstate 278 New York Highway Guides

Interstate 278 east
Milepost zero of Interstate 278 eastbound as the freeway departs the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 & 9 at the city of Linden. Interstate 278 links U.S. 1 & 9 with Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike) and the Goethals Bridge. A wide grassy median remains from the abandoned plans to join Interstate 278 with its parent at Springfield to the northwest. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Access to Interstate 278 east is provided only to U.S. 1 & 9 northbound travelers. The four-lane freeway leaves the wye interchange with the US highways for ramps to Brunswick Avenue and New Jersey 439 (Bayway Avenue). Photo taken 08/29/05.
A nondescript sign lies within the median of Interstate 278 for the Interstate 95 & New Jersey Turnpike interchange ahead. The New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridges are tolled highways. Therefore traffic not wanting to pay fees should exit onto Brunswick Avenue. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Interstate 278 eastbound at the ramp departure to Brunswick Avenue and New Jersey 439 (Bayway Avenue). Brunswick Avenue serves the Linden Oil complex to the south and city of Elizabeth to the north. Bayway Avenue stems east to Amboy Avenue near the Hudson River and northwest as New Jersey 439 to Elmora Avenue and U.S. 1 & 9 (Bayway Circle) in Elizabeth. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Original button copy signs remained in use at the off-ramp to Interstate 95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. Brunswick Avenue passes over Interstate 278 at the gore point.
The New Jersey Turnpike represents the main-north south corridor from the greater New York metropolitan area and the George Washington Bridge to Philadelphia and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Taking the ramp to Interstate 95, drivers first pass through a toll plaza before splitting into ramps for the Turnpike north to Newark, Secaucus and Fort Lee and south to New Brunswick, Trenton and Camden. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The westbound Interstate 278 off-ramp to the New Jersey Turnpike travels overhead as Interstate 278 prepares to ascend onto the four-lane Goethals Bridge across the Hudson River. On-ramps from New Jersey 439 and Brunswick Avenue merge ahead from the left. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Ascending onto the eastbound approach of the Goethals Bridge. The four-lane cantilever span includes variable tolls (E-ZPass/Cash and peak/nonpeak hours) for eastbound traffic. Cash tolls in 2012 are $12.00 per passenger vehicle. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Interstate 278 west
Two lanes of Interstate 278 lower from the Goethals Bridge into Linden. A right side ramp connects with New Jersey 439 (Bayway Avenue) west to U.S. 1 & 9 North while a left side ramp circles around to a toll plaza and the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95). Photo taken 08/29/05.
New Jersey 439 constitutes a loop west around Elizabeth between Interstate 278 at Brunswick Avenue and New Jersey 27 (Newark Avenue). Interstate278 defaults onto U.S. 1 & 9 south, so motorists bound for the tandem north through Elizabeth and Newark should use Bayway Avenue west to make the connection. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The ramp to New Jersey 439 splits into separate components for Bayway Avenue east to Amboy Avenue and the industrial area below the Goethals Bridge and the Bayway Avenue west to Brunswick Avenue and the Linden Oil complex. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 278 sees just one through lane for the westbound continuation to U.S. 1 & 9 southbound. Two left lanes depart for Interstate 95 north to Newark and south to New Brunswick. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The westbound on-ramp from Interstate 95 to Interstate 278 west includes a connector to New Jersey 439 (Bayway Avenue) at Brunswick Avenue and Pulaski Street. Photo taken 08/29/05.
The on-ramp from the New Jersey Turnpike adds a second westbound lane to Interstate 278 as the freeway passes under Brunswick Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Continuing west from the Brunswick Avenue on-ramp, Interstate 278 includes a wide grassy median with four overall lanes. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Roadways of Interstate 278 separate at grassy berms built for the planned westward routing to Roselle, Union and Interstate 78. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Travelers pass over the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 & 9 (Edgar Road) and see an end sign posted for Interstate 278. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 278 turns southward between the north and south roadways of U.S. 1 & 9 (Edgar Road). Shields advise motorists to keep left for U.S. 1 & 9 south as the approaching slip ramp provides access to the Bayway Refinery area and not the US Route mainline. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Passing under a railroad spur overpass, Slip ramps depart for a turn lane across U.S. 1 & 9 north to the oil refinery area east of Edgar Road. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Milepost zero of Interstate 278 resides beyond the railroad overpasses at the plant entrance turn lane. Photo taken 08/29/05.
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Interstate 278 traffic merges to one lane as the U.S. 1 & 9 southbound mainline enters from beyond the traffic light to the plant entrance. The pair continue south through Linden to Rahway. Photos taken 08/29/05.
Interstate 278 scenes
Brunswick Avenue southbound at the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 278 near New Jersey 439 (Bayway Avenue) in Elizabeth. A state-named shield pointed to the final two miles of the freeway. Photo taken 04/10/00.

Sources:

  1. "Cuomo announces official &apos:start&apos: of $1.5B Goethals replacement." Staten Island Life, May 7, 2014.
  2. Goethals Bridge Replacement, Port Authority of NY & NJ.


Photo Credits:

  • 04/10/00 by AARoads.
  • 10/03/04 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/29/05 by AARoads.

Page Updated 05-08-2014.