New Jersey Route 120

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Route 120 marker

New Jersey State Highway Routes

Route 120 (NJ 120) is a state highway in located in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It extends 2.65 mi (4.26 km) from an interchange with Route 3 in East Rutherford to another interchange with Route 17 in Carlstadt, where it continues to the west as County Route 120. NJ 120 serves the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which consists of New Meadowlands Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack, and the Izod Center. It heads north from Route 3 as a six-lane freeway through the sports complex to an interchange with the southern terminus of County Route 503. From here, Route 120 heads northwest along the northern edge of the sports complex as a four-lane divided at-grade Paterson Plank Road, passing through industrial and commercial areas.

In 1927, Route 3 was legislated along the Paterson Plank Road portion of present-day Route 120. It was eventually designated along the entire portion of current Route 120. In 1953, Route 3 was moved to its current freeway alignment, replacing Route S3, and a portion of Route 20 was designated to run from current Route 3 north to Paterson Plank Road while Paterson Plank Road was removed from the state highway system. The portion of Paterson Plank Road that lost its state highway status in 1953 gained it back in 1972, when it became an extension of Route 20 as a result of the construction of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. As this route was not connected to the mainline of Route 20, it was designated Route 120 by the 1990s. As a result of the construction of the Meadowlands retail and entertainment complex, the interchange between Route 3 and Route 120 is being improved. An overpass between eastbound Route 3 and northbound Route 120 was completed in 2009 and a flyover from southbound Route 120 to eastbound Route 3 is to be completed in 2010.


Route description

Route 120 begins at an interchange with Route 3 in East Rutherford, heading to the north on a six-lane freeway with a 50 mph (80 km/h) speed limit.[1] The freeway heads north-northeast into the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Here, New Meadowlands Stadium is on the west side of the road while the Izod Center and the construction site of the Meadowlands retail and entertainment complex are on the east side of the road.[2] Here, the route becomes a 40 mph (64 km/h) freeway that has two interchanges that provide access to the sports complex. The route comes to an interchange with the southern terminus of County Route 503 (Washington Avenue) and Paterson Plank Road, where Route 120 becomes a four-lane divided surface road that merges with Paterson Plank Road as it heads northwest along the border of Carlstadt to the northeast and East Rutherford to the southwest. Meanwhile, County Route 503 continues north-northeast to head into the eastern part of Carlstadt.[1][2]

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