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Deeply regarded as one of the most important cities of the American Revolution, Trenton is the capital city of the State of New Jersey. Situated on the banks of the Delaware River, Trenton was the site of the Battle of Trenton, considered by many to be the turning point in the American Revolution. Trenton was named after William Trent, who founded Trentstowne during the Colonial Era. In 1792, the town was renamed to Trenton and reincorporated as a city. Trenton continued to grow steadily as the industrial age came into full swing, becoming a thriving place to live and work. Unfortunately for Trenton, that did not last, and like many other northeastern cities, when manufacturing closed down the city fell into hard times. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, race riots consumed many of the cities’ businesses and caused millions of dollars in damage, which ultimately caused the majority of people who could move to flee for the suburbs. Today, Trenton struggles with crime, poverty, and attracting businesses to the city. However, despite that, many businesses still call Trenton their home, and despite setting a record number of homicides in the city in 2013, crime rates have begun to fall, and revitalization efforts are underway to transform Trenton into a place people want to live and work.
For road fans, Trenton is often known as the site of the infamous Interstate 95 gap, a gap caused by cancellation of the Somerset Freeway. One incorrect assumption is that Interstate 95 was in Trenton – it never in fact entered Trenton’s city limits, but looped around it to the northwest into Pennsylvania by means of the Scudders Falls Bridge. Trenton has no Interstates that enter it’s city limits, but Interstate 295 and New Jersey Route 29 together form a partial-beltway around the city. Trenton is still served heavily by I-295 despite being outside the city limits. Within the city, New Jersey Route 29 shares partial freeway status in Downtown Trenton before transitioning into an expressway with traffic signals. U.S. Route 1, which enters from the northeast portion of Trenton, is a full-freeway road that provides access to Downtown Trenton as well as Morrisville, Pennsylvania by means of a toll bridge.
While no Interstate actually enters Trenton’s city limits, all of them directly serve Trenton’s traffic in and out of the city. Interstate 95, which ended abruptly at Interstate 295 due to cancellation of a routing that would’ve taken it through the heart of Central New Jersey and linked up to Interstate 287 near New Brunswick, was renumbered ahead of completion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 interchange near Bristol, Pennsylvania. The interchange is slated to be completed by fall 2018, but sign changes in New Jersey were underway to renumber I-95 as an extension of I-295 in January 2018.