New Jersey Route 495

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Route 495 marker

New Jersey State Highway Routes

Route 495 is a 3.45-mile (5.55 km) freeway in Hudson County, New Jersey in the United States that connects the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) at exits 16E and 17 in Secaucus to the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken, providing access to midtown Manhattan. The road is owned and operated by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority between the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 3, the New Jersey Department of Transportation between Route 3 and Park Avenue near the Union City/Weehawken border, and by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey east of Park Avenue, including the helix used to descend the New Jersey Palisades to reach the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel. Route 495 is mostly a six-lane freeway with a contraflow bus lane used during the morning rush hour and a speed limit ranging from 35 mph (56 km/h) to 50 mph (80 km/h).

The first portion of the present-day Route 495, at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, was constructed in 1937 when the Lincoln Tunnel opened. In 1939, it was extended west to Route 3 and it became an eastern extension of that route. In 1952, the portion of the route west of Route 3 was opened when the New Jersey Turnpike was completed. In 1958, the road was incorporated into the Interstate Highway System and was designated as part of Interstate 495. Since the Mid-Manhattan Expressway that would have connected the route to New York's Interstate 495 (Long Island Expressway) was canceled, Interstate 495 officially became New Jersey Route 495 in 1979 with signs being changed in 1989.

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Route description

Route 495 officially begins at the Exit 16E off-ramp of the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike near the boundary of Secaucus and North Bergen. The main roadway heads east through North Bergen as a freeway with three lanes in the eastbound direction and two lanes in the westbound direction. It has a speed limit of 50 mph (80 km/h) maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[1][2] The route has an interchange with Route 3, with access to eastbound Route 3 and U.S. Route 1/9 for traffic in the eastbound direction and to westbound Route 3 in the westbound direction. Past this interchange, Route 495 becomes a six-lane, 40 mph (64 km/h) freeway maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation that intersects U.S. Route 1/9 at a partial interchange, with a westbound exit and eastbound entrance. Past U.S. Route 1/9, the speed limit rises to 50 mph (80 km/h) and the freeway has an interchange with County Route 501 (John F. Kennedy Boulevard), which uses 30th Street and 31st Street as collector/distributor roads.[1] East of this junction, Route 495 enters Union City and heads through developed residential areas, passing under numerous streets, with a speed limit of 40 mph (64 km/h).[1][2] There is an eastbound exit and westbound entrance for Park Avenue, which provides access to Weehawken and Hoboken, where Route 495 becomes a 35 mph (56 km/h) freeway maintained by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It enters Weehawken and comes to a westbound exit and eastbound entrance for Park Avenue.[1]

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