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Route 120 (NJ 120) is a state highway in located in Bergen Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. It extends from an interchange with Route 3 in East Rutherfordmarker to another interchange with Route 17 in Carlstadtmarker, where it continues to the west as County Route 120. NJ 120 serves the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker, which consists of Giants Stadiummarker, Meadowlands Racetrackmarker, and the Izod Centermarker. 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 Xanadumarker 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

Shield for northbound Route 120.
120 begins at an interchange with Route 3 in East Rutherfordmarker, heading to the north on a six-lane freeway with a speed limit. The freeway heads north-northeast into the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker. Here, Giants Stadiummarker is on the west side of the road while the Izod Centermarker and the construction site of the Meadowlands Xanadumarker retail and entertainment complex are on the east side of the road. Here, the route becomes a 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 Carlstadtmarker to the northeast and East Rutherford to the southwest. Meanwhile, County Route 503 continues north-northeast to head into the eastern part of Carlstadt.

Route 120 passes between the Meadowlands Racetrackmarker on the East Rutherford side of the road and commercial and industrial areas on the Carlstadt side of the road, intersecting with Gotham Parkway. The route has a southbound exit and entrance to the Meadowlands Sports Complex before it crosses Berrys Creek. Upon crossing the creek, Route 120 continues northwest through industrial and commercial areas, intersecting with Murray Hill Parkway. A short distance past this intersection, the road becomes a four-lane undivided road that crosses New Jersey Transit’s Pascack Valley Line before coming to an interchange with Route 17. Here, Route 120 ends and County Route 120 continues to the west as Paterson Avenue.

History

the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering, Route 3 was legislated to run along the Paterson Plank Road portion of today’s Route 120 as part of its route between Secaucusmarker and Greenwood Lakemarker. By 1947, Route 3 had been designated along the entire alignment of current Route 120. When New Jersey renumbered its state highways in 1953, Route 3 was moved to a new freeway alignment that was Route S3. As a result of this realignment, the portion of the route between modern Route 3 and Paterson Plank Road became a portion of Route 20 while the section along Paterson Plank Road was removed from the state highway system. Paterson Plank Road between County Route 503 and Route 17 joined the state highway system again as an extension of this portion of Route 20 in 1972 when the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker was slated to be built. At this point, Route 20 had consisted of three disconnected segments. Since none of these segments were connected, this portion of road was redesignated Route 120 by the 1990s.

With the construction of the Meadowlands Xanadu retail and entertainment complex, several improvements are taking place to Route 120. The interchange with Route 3 is being reconstructed with an overpass between eastbound Route 3 and northbound Route 120 that was completed in May 2009 at a cost of $38.1 million. Also, a flyover from southbound Route 120 to eastbound Route 3 is planned to be completed in early 2010 at a cost of $13 million.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Bergen Countymarker.
Town Mile Destinations Notes
East Rutherfordmarker 0.00 Secaucusmarker local streets Continuation beyond NJ 3
Southern terminus of NJ 120
0.27
0.74
Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker access
1.03
North end of freeway
1.58 Gotham Parkway
2.26 Murray Hill Parkway
Carlstadtmarker 2.65 Interchange, northern terminus of NJ 120


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