New Jersey State Highway Routes
Route 138 is an arterial state highway located entirely in Monmouth County, New Jersey that extends for 3.52 miles (5.66 km). The route's western terminus is at the eastern of Interstate 195 at the interchange with Route 34 in Wall Township. Route 138's western terminus is at Route 35 in Wall Township. The highway is also meant to be an evacuation route in case of a disaster, where the eastbound lanes (as well as the eastbound lanes on Interstate 195) would be reversed all the way to the New Jersey Turnpike.
The highway was first built as part of the planned Route 38 freeway in 1941. The freeway was to traverse the state from Camden to Belmar. When it became clear that the gap between two sections of Route 38 would not be filled, the New Jersey Department of Transportation re-designated the eastern portion as Route 138.
Route 138 begins at Interchange 35A along Interstate 195 and Route 34 in Wall Township. The eastern continuation of Interstate 195, Route 138 continues the four-lane road through Monmouth County. The route interchanges with Route 34 northbound at Exit 35B and crossing the cloverleaf. A short distance later, the highway crosses to the south of a construction site and crosses over the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway (Route 444) and intersects with the on-ramp from the southbound lanes. The highway crosses over the northbound lanes and reaches Exit 36, which serves the Parkway and a nearby park and ride. Continuing on, Route 138 becomes an arterial boulevard, intersecting with Allenwood Road in a rather dense area of Wall Township.
Route 138 continues further, passing to the south and to the north of commercial complexes along with several residential areas. The highway then proceeds to a small interchange with Club Drive, which serves a mix of residential homes and commercial buildings. From there, Route 138 becomes surrounded by patches of trees before interchanging with the southern terminus of Route 18 soon after. The route passes north along the interchange, where stub ramps along Route 18 can be seen to the south. After crossing Route 18, Route 138 continues on, entering a large commercial district, interchanging with New Bedford Road in the community of Wall. The highway continues as an arterial, serving the local high school and local residential homes for a long distance. Route 138 interchanges with Marconi Road and Bayshore Court before ending at a large interchange with Route 35.
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