New Jersey Turnpike

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New Jersey State Highway Routes

The New Jersey Turnpike is a toll road in New Jersey; it is among the most heavily traveled highways in the United States (according to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the Turnpike is the nation's sixth-busiest toll road[5]). The northern part of the mainline, along with the entirety of both extensions and spurs, is part of the Interstate Highway System. Construction of the Turnpike from conceptualization to opening took 23 months, from 1950 to 1952. The Turnpike has 12-foot (3.7 m)–wide lanes, 10-foot (3.0 m)–wide shoulders, 13 rest areas named after notable residents of New Jersey, and unusual exit signage that was considered the pinnacle of highway building in the 1950s. The Interstate Highway System took some of its design guidelines by copying the Turnpike's design guidelines.


Route description

The main road of the New Jersey Turnpike splits from Interstate 295 in Carneys Point Township and runs a north-northeast route to Ridgefield Park, where the road continues as Interstate 95. It is designated Route 700, an unsigned route, from Exit 1 (Delaware Memorial Bridge) to Exit 6, and as Interstate 95 from Exit 6 (Mansfield Township) to Exit 18 (Secaucus/Carlstadt). The number of lanes ranges from 4 lanes south of Exit 4 (Mount Laurel Township), 6 lanes between Exit 4 and Exit 8A (Monroe Township), 10 lanes between Exit 8A and Exit 9 (East Brunswick), 12 lanes between Exit 9 and Exit 11 (Woodbridge Township), and 14 lanes between Exit 11 and Exit 14 (Newark).

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