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Route 18 is a state highway in the U.S. state of New Jerseymarker. It begins at an intersection with Route 138 in Wall Townshipmarker and ends when the road disseminates into Hoes Lane in Piscatawaymarker. Much of the route is a limited-access freeway, including the entire portion in Monmouth Countymarker and the northern end through New Brunswickmarker and Piscataway. The remainder of the route is a multi-lane divided highway.

Route 18 was formerly numbered Route S28 and was changed to its current designation in the 1953 renumbering. The route originally ended at New Jersey Route 27 at the border between Highland Parkmarker and New Brunswickmarker, but was extended northward to County Route 622. It was further extended in 2004, and currently ends at Hoes Lane in Piscataway. However, construction is planned to extend the route to Interstate 287 in Piscataway.

Route description

Route 18 begins at a partial-cloverleaf interchange with Route 138 in Wall Townshipmarker. The second exit going northbound on 18 is for Monmouth Boulevard, a local road in New Bedford. Route 18 passes under County Route 18 near New Bedford and Glendola. The road continues to the north, interchanging with Brighton Avenue going southbound and Marconi Road going northbound. Brighton Avenue then begins to parallel 18 as the road continues into Neptunemarker. In Neptune, Route 33 and County Route 17 interchange at Exit 8. The exit is split into 8A and 8B going southbound. The parallel with Brighton Avenue comes to an end as Route 18 continues into Ocean Township.
Route 18's southern terminus
County Route 17 crosses over the highway as Route 18 enters Ocean Township. Route 66 interchanges with Route 18 at Exits 10A and B. Exits 11A and B are in Ocean Township as well, and are for Deal Road. The next exits on Route 18 are for West Park Avenue in Ocean Township. The exits are only southbound however. Route 18 enters Eatontownmarker and interchanges with County Route 547 at Exit 13A. Exit 13B, an exit a little further north, is for Route 36 in Tinton Falls.

Route 18 crosses over the Garden State Parkway afterwards. Exit 15A going northbound is for County Route 38 northbound, also known as Wayside Road. Exit 15B going southbound is for the same road in the other direction. Route 18 for a short time parallels County Route 537 in Colts Neckmarker. Exit 19A comes up for Route 34 northbound. Exit 19B, which is for Route 34 southbound, interchanges a quarter-mile later. The next interchange on Route 18 is for County Route 537 at Exits 22A and B in Colts Neck. Just after the interchange with 537, Route 18 leaves Colts Neck for Freehold. About later, the road leaves Freehold for Marlboro and crosses under County Route 46.

The next interchange on Route 18 is for Route 79 in Marlboro. Comprised of Exits 25A and 25B, the exits make a complete cloverleaf interchange. Exit 29 is for County Route 520 and County Route 3 in Marlboro. The final interchange on the freeway is for U.S. Route 9 in Old Bridge Township. After this point, Route 18 continues the rest of the way in Middlesex Countymarker. Route 18's freeway segment ends as Route 18 becomes a divided highway. The first interchange in this segment is for Spring Valley Road, which heads back to Route 9. Marlboro Road and Foxborough Drive are at the first traffic light on Route 18. Ferry Road is at the second traffic light, which leaves to the right.
Route 18 at the New Street Bridge in New Brunswick
County Route 700 leaves to the right in Old Bridge. County Route 700 parallels Route 18 for a short distance until it comes to an end near the interchange with County Routes 516 and 527. The interchange, which is a partial cloverleaf, is located in south Old Bridge. Just after the interchange, Route 18 leaves Old Bridge for East Brunswickmarker. The intersection after the town border is for County Route 615 and County Route 527.

Hillsdale Road begins to the left at an intersection going southbound. Going northbound, Middlesex County Route 617 crosses just before its terminus at County Route 527. For a distance after the County Route 617 intersection, Route 18 passes by Brunswick Square Mall. The next intersection on Route 18 is for Race Track Road. Arthur Street, a connector from County Route 613 to County Route 527, intersects soon after. County Routes 535 has a short concurrency with Route 18 in East Brunswick, until an interchange with Summerhill Road, where County Route 613 ends and County Route 535 continues. County Route 606, Milltown Road, crosses soon after at an interchange. At this point, County Route 527 is still paralleling 18.

West Ferris Street, a connector to County Route 527, is at the next traffic light. West Prospect Street, also known as County Route 677 is at the next traffic light. Tices Lane, once a one-way road, but since 2007 a two-way road, intersects with Route 18. Less than a mile later, County Route 527 merges into Route 18 and the two roads become concurrent. Also present at the merge is Edgeboro Road, which begins to the right. Route 18 crosses over the New Jersey Turnpike and interchanges with it a short distance later. Route 18 leaves East Brunswick and enters New Brunswickmarker.
Sign at the northern end of Route 18

Just after leaving East Brunswick and entering the city of New Brunswick, U.S. Route 1 interchanges with Route 18. Route 18 is known as Memorial Parkway in the city. There is first an interesection with Paulus Boulevard, followed by exits for Route 172 (Rutgers Universitymarker's Cook/Douglass Campus), Commercial Avenue , New Street, Route 27, George St./Bishop Place at Rutgers' College Avenue Campus, and Route 527 (to Easton Avenue). Route 18 parallels County Route 672 for a short distance before crossing to the north side of the Raritan River on the John A.marker Lynch, Sr. Memorial Bridgemarker. Just past the north end of the bridge, in Piscatawaymarker, was Route 18's former terminus at County Route 622 (River Road). The road now interchanges with River Road and continues for another mile as an expressway, with exits for Rutgers' Busch Campus, and Metlars Lane (Livingston Campus). The road finally dissipates into a four lane road, Hoes Lane, in Piscataway.


Route S28 (1927-1953)
Prior to the 1953 renumbering, Route 18 was Route S28, and split from Route 28 near Bound Brookmarker. It was signed east-west for a while even after it became Route 18.
Old 1960 photo of Route 18 sign

NJDOT had anticipated upgrading the section of Route 18 through New Brunswickmarker to freeway (or Jersey freeway) status. They even proposed an extension of the freeway from New Brunswick, through Piscataway and finally terminating at U.S. Route 22 in Bound Brookmarker. However, tight funding in the 1970s caused both of these plans to fall through.

Construction began in 1965 on a segment between Exit 6 in Wall Townshipmarker and Exit 11 in Ocean Township. This portion opened between 1967 and 1972.The north-south portion east of the Garden State Parkway (south of exit 13B in Eatontownmarker) was initially planned as a replacement of Route 35, but those plans were canceled and it instead became part of Route 18. Only the part south of Exit 11 was built as Route 35.

Soon after, new environmental regulations forced construction to cease. Most of the Route 18 right-of-way had already been consumed by 1970, however, designs for much of the freeway had not yet been submitted. In 1973, after work on new overpasses began in Monmouth County, the Federal Highway Administration ordered the New Jersey Department of Transportation to cease construction, pending environmental studies. Later portions of Route 18 would now be subject to State and Federal environmental design and impact studies.

Once the environmental issues had been addressed, construction resumed on the section between Exit 15 in Eatontownmarker and Exit 30 in Old Bridgemarker. The construction was completed in 1979. A missing section between Exit 11 and Exit 12 in Ocean Township was completed and opened in 1987, but Route 18 was still missing a link where it was bisected by the Garden State Parkway. In 1991 with the completion of the massive Eatontown interchange (Exits 13-15), Route 18 was continuous from Piscataway to Wall Township.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) had plans to extend the southern terminus to the Brielle Circle, which is why Route 138 is exit 6 rather than exit 1. A portion of the right-of-way that NJDOT owns has been converted into a multi-use trail that links the Wall Township Municipal complex to the existing Edgar Felix Bikeway that runs from Manasquan to Allaire State Park.

In the early 2000s, Route 18 was extended as a freeway north from River Road in Piscataway to include exits to Busch and Livingston Campuses, and dispersing into Hoes Lane. Route 18 was rebuilt through downtown New Brunswickmarker from 2005-2009. The project, which also included widening northbound near Paulus Boulevard, and Boyd Park renovations, spanned from the Amtrak bridge to U.S. Route 1. Inner freeway and an outer collector/distributor roads were created from Douglass Campus to Route 27. Construction on connecting roads, landscaping, utility, and cosmetic work continues as of the fall of 2009.


There are several projects planned for Route 18. The current northern terminus is to be extended by upgrading Hoes Lane as an arterial boulevard to Interstate 287. Traffic signals are to be modified and consolidated, and bike paths are to be added. A new, full interchange with I-287 was originally planned but it is not known if this will be incorporated in the project. Design work was completed several years ago, but construction has been delayed and is currently scheduled for 2011.

NJDOT is in planning to create a Park & Ride at the southern terminus of the current Route 18 freeway. It will be placed along the four lane right of way just south of Route 138. Residents are in opposition to this proposal for fear of loitering and vandalism that may accompany the parking lot. There are currently no plans to extend the highway to its originally slated southern terminus at the Brielle Circle.

Construction is slated for the interchange with County Routes 516 and 527 in Old Bridge. Improvements include adding inside shoulders and widening County Routes 516 and 527. A signalized ramp is to be added for access to County Routes 516 and 527. Subsequently, County Route 516's intersection with Old Matawan Road is to be relocated. The project will cost over $28 million and is slated to begin in 2009 and to end in 2010.

Major intersections

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Monmouthmarker Wall Townshipmarker 5.14 6A Southbound exit and northbound entrance
5.14 6B Includes a northbound exit that serves as a U-turn for traffic on NJ 138 east
5.72 6C Monmouth Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
6.82 7 Brighton Avenue, Marconi Road – Shark River Hillsmarker, Glendola Signed as exits 7A (east) and 7B (west) southbound
Neptune Townshipmarker 8.28 8 Signed as exits 8A (east) and 8B (west) southbound
9.84 10 Signed as exits 10A (east) and 10B (west)
Ocean Township
11.37 11 Deal Road – Waysidemarker Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 11A (east) and 11B (west)
12.07 12 West Park Avenue – Oakhurstmarker, Waysidemarker Southbound exit and northbound entrance; signed as exits 12A (east) and 12B (west)
Eatontownmarker 13.46 13A Northbound exit and southbound entrance
13.82 13B
13.92 13A No northbound exit
Tinton Fallsmarker
14.40 15A Southbound exit and northbound entrance
14.51 15A
14.51 15B Southbound exit only
Colts Neck Townshipmarker 19.02 19 Signed as exits 19A (north) and 19B (south)
22.31 22 Signed as exits 22A (east) and 22B (west)
Marlboro Townshipmarker 25.20 25 Signed as exits 25A (north) and 25B (south)
28.40 29
Middlesexmarker Old Bridge Townshipmarker 30.35 30 , New Yorkmarker Northbound exit and southbound entrance
30.35 30 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Freeway ends northbound
31.08 Spring Valley Road
31.33 Foxborough Drive, Marlboro Road
31.75 Ferry Road – Browntownmarker
32.80 Maple Street
33.58 Southwood Drive
34.41 South end of CR 527 overlap; interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
East Brunswick Townshipmarker 34.90 North end of CR 527 overlap; interchange
35.12 Hillsdale Road
35.89 Brunswick Square Mall
36.21 Race Track Road
36.68 Arthur Street
36.95 Interchange; no northbound exit
37.14 Interchange
37.33 Interchange
37.88 West Ferris Street
38.38 Tices Lane
38.89 South end of CR 527 overlap
39.29 Eggers Street
39.55 Kennedy Boulevard Interchange
39.94 N. J. Tpk. Exit 9
39.98 Naricon Place
40.22 Tower Center Boulevard Northbound exit and entrance only
New Brunswickmarker 40.61 Interchange
40.90 Paulus Boulevard
Freeway ends southbound

Local and express lanes separate northbound, merge southbound
41.41 – Douglass Campus North end of CR 527 overlap; no southbound exit
41.75 Commercial Avenue
41.96 New Street
42.29 no northbound entrance
Local and express lanes separate southbound, merge northbound
42.89 George Street – Rutgers Universitymarker Northbound exit and southbound entrance
43.20 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Piscataway Townshipmarker 43.86 Interchange
44.28 Campus Road – Busch Campusmarker, Rutgers Stadiummarker Interchange
44.70 Livingston Campusmarker, Louis Brown Athletic Centermarker Interchange
45.30 Hoes Lane Northern terminus of NJ 18, roadway continues as Hoes Lane


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