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The New Jersey Turnpike is a toll road in New Jerseymarker and is one of the most heavily traveled highways in the United Statesmarker (according to the IBTTA, the turnpike is the nation's 5th busiest toll road). A majority of the mainline as well as the entirety of both extensions and spurs are part of the Interstate Highway System. Construction of the Turnpike from conceptualization to opening took 23 months, from 1950 to 1952. The Turnpike has –wide lanes, –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

Map of the New Jersey Turnpike with exit locations
The main road of the New Jersey Turnpike runs from Carneys Point Townshipmarker in the south to Ridgefield Parkmarker in the north. It is designated as unsigned Route 700 from Exit 1 (Delaware Memorial Bridge) in Carneys Point Township, through to Exit 6 and as Interstate 95 from Exits 6 (Mansfield Townshipmarker) through 18 (Secaucusmarker/Carlstadtmarker). The number of lanes ranges from 4 lanes south of Exit 4 (Mount Laurel Townshipmarker), the interchange with Route 73, 6 lanes between Exit 4 and Exit 8A (Monroe Townshipmarker), 10 lanes between Exit 8A and Exit 9 (East Brunswickmarker), 12 lanes between Exit 9 and Exit 11 (Woodbridge Townshipmarker), the interchange for the Garden State Parkway, and 14 lanes between Exit 11 and Exit 14 (Newarkmarker).

Changeable signage in the northbound cars only lanes for the split into the eastern and western alignments.
The main headquarters for the Turnpike was in East Brunswick Townshipmarker; however after the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Highway Authority (former agency that maintains the Garden State Parkway) merged, the NJTA moved to the NJHA headquarters in Woodbridge Townshipmarker. There, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority monitors vehicular volume on the entire length on the Turnpike. They operate three AM Radio channels, which broadcast advisories (weather, traffic, events) on the turnpike. Also, the main headquarters operates the VMS (Variable Message Signs) on the turnpike, which alerts motorists of poor weather, accidents, or congestion. Speed Limit signs are also VMS. When the main sign flashes "REDUCE SPEED," the speed limit VMS changes from its usual speed limit to a lowered one. The Authority also has a few closed-circuit TV cameras that show pictures of current traffic conditions. The cameras are located in Newarkmarker (2 cameras), Secaucusmarker (1), Elizabethmarker (2), Jersey Citymarker (2), East Brunswick Townshipmarker (1), Mount Laurel Townshipmarker (1), and Monroe Townshipmarker (2).

Before the advent of the Interstate Highways, the whole Turnpike was designated by the New Jersey Department of Transportation as Route 700, with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension being Route 700P and the Newark Bay Extension being Route 700N at one time. The western spur is officially known as Route 95W but signed as Interstate 95 (see below). None of these state highway designations have ever been signed.

A common VMS sign displaying a warning
Beginning just south of Exit 8A, the Turnpike splits into a "dual-dual" configuration, with the outer lanes open to all vehicles and the inner lanes limited to cars only, unless signed otherwise because of unusual conditions. From here to Exit 14 (Newarkmarker), the interchange with Interstate 78, the road ranges from 10 to 14 lanes wide. Starting in Monroe Townshipmarker (going north), the turnpike has a total of 10 lanes, 5 in each direction (2-3-3-2). From East Brunswickmarker, the turnpike has a total of 12 lanes, 6 in each direction (3-3-3-3). From Woodbridge Townshipmarker, the turnpike has a total of 14 lanes, 7 in each direction (4-3-3-4). Between Woodbridge Townshipmarker and Newarkmarker, HOV lanes exist on the outer roadway (outer truck lanes), which is the reason for the extra lane. The HOV lanes are in effect on weekdays, from 6:00-9:00 northbound, and 16:00-19:00 (4pm-7pm) southbound (at times, the Authority might "suspend" the HOV restrictions entirely during peaks hours in case of extra vehicular volume).

Between Exits 14 and 18, the Turnpike splits into two spurs, an eastern spur and a western spur. Both spurs are posted as I-95, although technically the eastern spur is I-95 as that was built first. The western spur is posted as I-95 for through traffic on I-95, while traffic entering at the ends of the split is routed via the eastern spur. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), which calls every class of highway Route, calls the western spur Route 95W.

The Turnpike also has two extensions: The first, the Newark Bay Extension, was opened in 1956 and is a part of Interstate 78. It connects Newarkmarker with Lower Manhattan via the Holland Tunnelmarker in Jersey Citymarker and intersects the mainline near Newark Liberty International Airportmarker. This extension contains three exits (Exits 14A, 14B, and 14C) and due to its design (four lanes with a shoulderless Jersey barrier divider), it has a speed limit.

The second extension connects the mainline of the New Jersey Turnpike with the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Exit 6. A long six-lane highway, it not only connects the Pennsylvania Turnpike with the mainline, but also has an exit to U.S. Route 130 near Florencemarker. It was formerly designated as Route 700P, but is currently designated I-95 in preparation for when the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Projectmarker is completed in 2014.

A stretch of I-95 north of U.S. Route 46 came under Turnpike Authority jurisdiction in 1992, as the NJDOT "sold" the road in order to balance the state budget. This section of the road is also "dual-dual", split into local and express lanes. This portion of the turnpike connects to the George Washington Bridgemarker.

On July 9, 2003, Governor of New Jersey James McGreevey's plan to merge the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Highway Authority (which had operated the Garden State Parkway) into one agency was completed.

A section of the Turnpike and the surrounding land in Elizabethmarker and Newark, New Jerseymarker has been called "the most dangerous two miles (3 km) in America" by New Jersey Homeland Security officials due to the high volume of traffic in conjunction with the density of potential terrorist targets in the surrounding area.

Bridges

A number of bridges are included as part of the New Jersey Turnpike:

Rest areas

The New Jersey Turnpike is noted for naming its rest areas after people who lived or worked in New Jersey. From south to north, the rest areas are:



Even long-time local motorists frequently do not know who some of these people were, or in the case of Kilmer, even what gender they were (Kilmer's full name was Alfred Joyce Kilmer.) Several of the northbound rest stops are named after people better known by their middle names, rather than first names, these including Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the aforementioned Alfred Joyce Kilmer, and Stephen Grover Cleveland. "Molly Pitcher" is a name given to a woman (reportedly a water-bearer who helped cannoneers during a New Jersey battle during the American Revolutionary War) who may or may not have existed. Contemporary New Jersey writers such as Calvin Trillin and Philip Roth have ruefully commented that they hope they do not get a rest stop named after them once they die.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Looking for America book describes the Edison, Lombardi, and Kilmer rest stops as possible hot spots for heterosexual, homosexual, and prostitution activities respectively.

Turnpike rest areas comprise mostly Burger King, Roy Rogers, Popeye's Chicken, Sbarro and Starbucks restaurant locations. Most rest stops also include a Sunoco, with gas price signs posted about half a mile before reaching the rest stop.

Prior to Exit 13A opening in 1982, there used to be a service area on the northbound side where Exit 13A is located. The service area usage did overlap the existence of Exit 13-A (northbound drivers who took Exit 13-A missed the service area, andvice versa) but is no longer in existence. Today, one can notice it when exiting at 13A from the northbound car lanes since there's a 'temporary' concrete barrier that's blocking an open asphalt lot. The plaza was named for Admiral William Halsey.

Also, two service plazas were located on the Newark Bay Extension (one eastbound and one westbound) located west of Exit 14B. These were closed in the early 1970s. The eastbound plaza was named for John Stevens and the westbound plaza was named for Peter Stuyvesant.

Toll collection

A toll ticket received at Exit 15W in 2008.
The New Jersey Turnpike is a closed-system toll road, using a system of long-distance tickets, obtained once by a motorist upon entering and surrendered upon exiting at toll gates. The toll gates exist at all exits and entrances (except for the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker and the highway extension toward the Hudson River). The toll fee depends on the distance traveled between entrance and exit, and longer distances result in higher tolls. , the automobile toll from Exit 1 to Exit 18 is $9.05. If the ticket is lost, one must pay the highest toll fee upon exiting. Discounts were available to all users of the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system until 2002. Since then, the costly implementation of the E-ZPass system forced the Turnpike Authority to eliminate the discounts during peak hours, and instead impose a $1 per month E-ZPass fee to their account holders. E-ZPass customers still receive a discount during off-peak hours, when the automobile toll from Exit 1 to Exit 18 is $9.05. Cash customers do not receive this discount. Express E-ZPass implementation is underway, allowing E-ZPass customers at some of the toll plazas to travel through toll areas at highway speeds, via the addition of E-ZPass sensors on an overhead gantry. One of these high-speed toll gates is located at the northern terminus of the road, as southbound Interstate 95 traffic enters the turnpike. The newest one is located at the southern terminus in Carneys Pointmarker. There is also a high-speed E-ZPass entry point on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension. At each location, traditional E-ZPass and cash lanes are also available.

When traveling from the North, users who exit at the Meadowlands Sports Complex pay no toll, but the Turnpike Authority counts cars electronically and is paid a fee for each vehicle by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

The non-tolled Interstate 295, which parallels the Turnpike for much of its southern length, is often used as an alternate route for shunpiking by locals and through travelers alike; prior to the expansion of the Exit 1 toll plaza, this route was promoted through signage and radio announcements from the New Jersey State Police as a bypass of summer congestion at the plaza.

Gov. Corzine's 2008 plan to increase tolls

On January 8, 2008, Governor Jon Corzine proposed a 50 percent increase in tolls on New Jersey's three toll roads in 2010, with increases of a similar percentage every four years after that, in order to help pay state debt. Each times tolls increased, there would be an additional increase for inflation since the last toll increase (for the first, since 2006). The roads would be maintained by a nonprofit corporation that would pay back bonds to the state. Under this plan, and without considering the inflation increases, tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike would have risen from $6.45 to $42.92 in 2022.It was considered possible that commuters will receive discounts from the higher toll rates. The plan, however, was not enacted due to mounting opposition from New Jerseymarker residents. On September 5, 2008, a proposal to increase Turnpike tolls substantially was reported. On December 1, 2008, a new toll hike went into effect.

History

Hackensack Run bridge under construction in 1951
Approaching the Exit 11 tollbooths at night in 1992, in the days before E-ZPass.
According to a letter to the editor written by the daughter of Paul L. Troast, the first chairman of the NJ Turnpike Authority, Kathleen Troast Pitney:

A brochure "Interesting Facts about the New Jersey Turnpike", dating from soon after the road's opening, states that when the Turnpike's bonds are paid off, "The law provides that the Turnpike be turned over to the State for inclusion in the public highway system." Due to new construction, and the expectation that the Turnpike pay for policing and maintenance, this has never come to pass.

The task of building the turnpike was not an easy one. One major problem was the construction in the city of Elizabethmarker, where either 450 homes or 32 businesses would be destroyed, depending on the chosen route. The builders decided to go through the residential area, considering it the grittiest and the closest route to both Newark Airportmarker and the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminalmarker seaport.

NJ Turnpike passes the swampy Meadowlands, near NYC
When construction finally got to Newark, there was a new challenge; Deciding to build either over or under the Pulaski Skywaymarker. If construction went above the skyway, the costs would be much higher. If they went under, the costs would be lower, but the roadway would be very close to the Passaic River, making it harder for ships to pass through. The engineers chose to go under.

While continuing up to the New Jersey Meadowlands, the crossings were harder because of the fertile marsh land of silt and mud. Near the shallow mud, engineers filled the mud with crushed stone, and built the roadway above the water table. In the deeper mud, engineers sank caissons down to a firm stratum, filled the caissons with sand, then both the caissons, and the surrounding areas were covered with blankets of sand. Gradually, the water was brought up, and drained into adjacent meadows. Then, the construction of the two major bridges over the Passaic River and Hackensack River were completed. The bridges were built to give motorists a clear view of the New York Citymarker skyline, but with high retaining walls to make it seem as if you are not even crossing a river. The Passaic River (Chaplain Washington) Bridge cost $13.7 million to construct and the Hackensack River Bridge cost $9.5 million.

After the turnpike was built in 1952, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New York State Thruway Authority proposed a extension of the New Jersey Turnpike that would go from its end (at U.S. Route 46 in Ridgefield Parkmarker at the time) up to West Nyack, New Yorkmarker at Interstate 87, the New York State Thruway. The portion through New Jersey was to be constructed and maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, while the portion in New York was to be built and maintained by the New York Thruway Authority.The purpose of this extension was to give motorists a "more direct bypass of the New York City area" to New England, by using the Tappan Zee Bridgemarker. The extension was to parallel NY Route 303 and a "CSX (Conrail) River Line", and have limited interchanges. It was to have an interchange with the Palisades Interstate Parkway and at Interstate 87/New York State Thruway in West Nyack. This project did not survive, though. By 1970, it became too expensive to buy right-of-way access, and community opposition was fierce. Therefore, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New York State Thruway Authority cancelled the project.

A controversial project through the East Brunswickmarker area involved a proposed widening from six to twelve lanes. Analysis of noise (Shadely, 1973) and air quality impacts were made in a lawsuit decided in New Jersey Superior Court. This case in the early 1970s was one of the early U.S. examples of environmental scientists playing a role in the design of a major highway. The computer models allowed the court to understand the effects of roadway geometry (width in this case), vehicle speeds, proposed noise barriers, residential setback and pavement types. The outcome was a compromise that involved substantial mitigation of noise pollution and air pollution impacts.

Recent developments

Map of New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway
  • In January 2004, the Authority opened up the refurbished 18W toll gate in Carlstadtmarker. The refurbishment includes two E-ZPass Express Lanes in both directions.
  • In July 2004, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority opened the new Exit 1 toll gate in Carney's Point Townshipmarker. The new 23-lane toll gate is near milepost 2.4, featuring a glass-enclosed overhead walkway for toll collectors, including "a concrete lighthouse to serve as a 'gateway' to the state as well as to the turnpike". The toll gate features 5 lanes heading north, 14 lanes heading south, and two "E-ZPass Express" Lanes in both directions.
  • In 2005, the Authority opened Exit 15X to allow access to the newly-built Secaucus Junctionmarker train station.
  • In February 2006, the Authority updated Exit 8A in Monroe Townshipmarker. The former exit ramp that allowed traffic onto Route 32 westbound, has been closed off. Instead, a new ramp leads to a traffic light at the intersection of the ramp and County Route 535 in South Brunswick Townshipmarker. Route 535 was expanded between the new ramp intersection and Route 32.
  • The Authority planned to build Route 92, a West-East Spur from US 1 & Ridge Road in the Township of South Brunswickmarker, to the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 8A in Monroe Townshipmarker. This proposition was cancelled on December 1, 2006.
  • The Authority lowered the Eastern Spur (between 107.3 to 107.5 in Newarkmarker). The lowered spur now consists of a minimum vertical clearance and a horizontal clearance on the shoulders underneath the Pulaski Skyway (U.S. Routes 1/9).


Future developments

  • The Turnpike Authority is planning to widen the turnpike from the Exit 1 toll gate in Carney's Point Townshipmarker to Exit 4 in Mount Laurel Townshipmarker. Wider overpasses are currently being constructed to accommodate one extra lane in each direction (which would change the Southern Turnpike configuration from 2-2 to 3-3). However, this project is on hold due to the Exit 6-8A widening.
  • The Turnpike Authority plans to widen the turnpike between Exit 9 in East Brunswick Townshipmarker to Exit 8A in Monroe Townshipmarker. This widening would change the dual-dual setup (from 2-3-3-2) to "3-3-3-3."
  • The Turnpike Authority is reconfiguring Exit 12 in the Boro of Carteretmarker to reduce truck traffic. A new grade separated interchange-ramp will be constructed from Roosevelt Ave east and connect to the toll gate. In addition, the toll gate is being widened from 7 lanes to 17. This project is expected to be finished by October or November 2009.
  • The Authority is constructing a connector, called the "Tremely Point Road Connector," between Industrial Way in the Boro of Carteretmarker to Tremely Point Road in the City of Lindenmarker. The purpose of this connector is to "help meet the fast-growing commercial needs of the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region and ensure the continued efficiency and competitiveness of the numerous cargo loading/unloading facilities that operate within the Port of New York and New Jersey (Port)" . The estimated completion date of the connector has yet to be determined.
  • The Authority is rebuilding Exit 16W in the Boro of East Rutherfordmarker. Various new ramps will be constructed and various old ones will be demolished. The purpose of this is to "address safety and congestion in the vicinity of the New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 16W." The estimated completion date is currently unknown.
  • The Turnpike Authority is repaving portions of the expressway, including ramps, as well as repairing bridges and overpasses.


Widening between Interchanges 6 and 8A

In November 2004, New Jersey Governor Richard Codey advocated a plan to widen the Turnpike, extending the dual-dual configuration south from Exit 8A (Monroe Townshipmarker) to Exit 6 (Mansfield Townshipmarker), by 2013, when the Pennsylvania Turnpike is supposed to complete an interchangemarker that will connect its road to the existing I-95 in Bristol Township, Pennsylvaniamarker. Finances would be supplied by rerouting money from the planned NJ 92 Turnpike extension. Overpasses are already being reconstructed to be compatible with a wider Turnpike. The NJTA is also planning to expand the turnpike between Exit 9 in East Brunswickmarker to Exit 8A in Monroe Townshipmarker. This would change the current dual-dual configuration (2-3-3-2) to "3-3-3-3." This would require little construction as the overpasses were built with future expansion and would only require the outer lanes to be repaved and restriped to accommodate the extra lane.

The dual-dual configuration (between 6 and 8A) was thought to have been "2-3-3-2." However, according to Turnpike documentation, the turnpike would feature six lanes in each direction (3-3-3-3). The following interchanges will be upgraded with this widening project: Exit 6 (Mansfieldmarker), Exit 7 (Bordentownmarker), Exit 7A (Robbinsville Twpmarker), Exit 8 (East Windsor Twpmarker), and Exit 8A (Monroe Townshipmarker).

On July 2, 2009, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place near Exit 8 to initiate the widening of the turnpike.

Widening proposal

Exit # Interchange/Toll Gate Location Mile Ramp
Modifications
Expansion to Toll Gate Notes Start of Construction
6 Mansfield Township 50.9 Build 2 lane high speed ramps to/from Inner & Outer Roadways No Future start of "Dual-Dual" setup Fall 2009
7 Bordentown Twp 53.7 Build single lane ramps to/from Inner & Outer Roadways No Summer 2009
6N&S Hamilton Twp 57.8 Build single lane Inner & Outer Roadway exit/entrance ramps --none-- Woodrow Wilson Service Area (6N) & Richard Stockton Service Area (6S) Fall 2009
7A Robbinsville Township 60.5 Build new ramps to Inner & Outer Roadways Yes – add 3 more lanes to gate 2 lane ramps to be built to enter NB lanes & exit SB lanes and 1 lane ramps to enter SB lanes & exit NB lanes Summer 2009
8 East Windsor Township 67.6 Build new interchange with single lane ramps to/from Inner & Outer Roadways, and ramp to maintenance shed Yes – New 12-lane toll gate New Exit 8 will connect with Milford Road-Hightstown Bypass and NJ 33 Summer 2009
7S Cranbury Twp 71.5 Build single lane SB ramps to/from Inner & Outer Roadways --none-- Molly Pitcher Service Area on the SB side Winter 2010
8A Monroe Township 73.9 Build single lane entrance ramp to SB Inner Car Lanes No Winter 2010
On January 1, 2007, the Turnpike was facing opposition in East Windsor Townshipmarker with an upgrade of Exit 8. The current Interchange 8 will be demolished and replaced with a new interchange. Prior to this plan being released, some thought that the new Exit 8 would connect directly with the Hightstown Bypass . There seems to be ample space (between mile markers 67.89 and 68.12) to build a new interchange, a toll gate and ramps for 133. The NJTA's plan was to re-route the new Exit 8 to the intersection with Route 33, Milford Road, and the Hightstown Bypass (on the east side of the expressway in lieu of the west). This new 8 would grant direct access to the bypass (without going through any traffic lights), as well as to 33, using grade separated interchanges. The new toll gate would also feature a total of 12 booths at the gate. However, the interchange and the toll gate would run near some residential houses located right off of 33, and would disturb Twin Riversmarker. The Authority released 3 configuration options at the intersection of Milford, 33, and the bypass.
  • Option 1: This option would feature turnpike ramps that would lead to a diamond interchange at Route 33, while the turnpike ramp turns into the 133 bypass and crosses over 33. At the intersection with Route 33 and the interchange ramps (from the turnpike and 133), a traffic signal would be built underneath Exit 8/Route 133. However, the drawback is that this option would "stop drivers from making several turns near the exit. These include left-hand turns from Route 33 onto [a relocated] Milford Road and from Milford Road onto Route 33." To make turns that are restricted, "the plan would push some trucks headed for Milford Road onto Lake Drive, which would be connected to Milford by a new connector road." The relocated Milford Road would start at the intersection of Monmouth Street and continue southeast to the existing Milford Road near Daniel Street.
  • Option 2: A grade-separated diamond interchange would be constructed, which would lead the ramps towards Route 33. At the intersection with Route 33 and the interchange ramps (from the turnpike and 133), a traffic signal would be built underneath Exit 8 ramps/Route 133. In lieu of a connector road, a jug handle would be built on 33 west. This would intersect at 33 (with a traffic light) and become the relocated Milford Road (after crossing 33). The road would cross over the Turnpike ramps and resume its course near Daniel Street.
  • Option 3: A cloverleaf interchange would be built in lieu of a diamond interchange. After exiting the Turnpike from the 8 toll gate, a ramp on the right would lead to Milford Road or Route 33. The mainline of the turnpike ramp would cross over 33 and turn into the 133 bypass. A relocated Milford Road would be built across from Monmouth Street & 33 (without connecting Monmouth and Milford) towards the intersection with the current Milford Road and Daniel Street. The new Milford would cross over the turnpike ramps. A leaf would be built from the turnpike ramp approaching the 8 toll gate, which would connect to Milford. An entrance ramp would be constructed from Milford Road to the 8 toll gate. Traveling north on Milford, a ramp would be constructed, which would diverge into 2 ways; one way would merge into the turnpike ramp heading towards 133, and the other would intersect at a new traffic light at Route 33 (just east of the current 33-133-Milford intersection).


Emergency assistance

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority offers twelve foot wide shoulders wherever possible, and disabled vehicle service may be obtained by dialing #95 on a cellular phone. The reason why #95 was chosen is probably because the turnpike uses Interstate 95. On the Garden State Parkway, the assistance number is #GSP, which is #477 in number form.

Minimum speed

The minimum speed limit for all zones on the turnpike is below the maximum speed limit. Between the Southern Terminus and milepost 97.2 the maximum speed limit is 65 mph (105 km/h) and 55 mph (88.5 km/h) at minimum, for example.

Pop culture references

  • The opening credits of the US television series "That Girl" show the New Jersey Turnpike near exit 15E.
  • The New Jersey Turnpike was famously referenced in the 1968 Simon and Garfunkel song "America."
  • The movie Being John Malkovich featured several scenes that took place on the New Jersey Turnpike after characters went inside actor John Malkovich's head. The section of the Turnpike was the Newark Bay Extension at exit 14C.
  • The television show The Sopranos prominently featured the Turnpike in its opening credits and referenced the road repeatedly throughout the series.
  • The Bruce Springsteen song "State Trooper" features the Turnpike prominently in its lyrics. The band dEUS quotes the line "New Jersey Turnpike riding on a wet night" from "State Trooper" in the song "Theme from Turnpike".
  • The Chuck Berry song "You Can't Catch Me" features the turnpike: "New Jersey Turnpike in the wee wee hours, I was rolling slowly 'cause of drizzlin' showers". The song has been covered by numerous artists, including The Rolling Stones.
  • An Inconvenient Truth shows a few seconds of Al Gore riding the northbound lanes on the outer truck lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike, right at Exit 13 in the City of Elizabethmarker.
  • In the final season of The X-Files, the Turnpike is mentioned several times. At one point, the protagonists track down a suspect by the surveillance and toll system.
  • On the TV show Saturday Night Live, one of Joe Piscopo's character roles was Paulie Herman Piscopo, an annoying young man from New Jersey with a high-pitched voice. Part of the reparte of the Paulie Herman character was a Piscopo catch phrase in response to other characters mentioning New Jersey: "What Exit!!??"
  • In the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, the Turnpike is mentioned several times.
  • On the TV show Seinfeld, in the episode "The Big Salad," Kramer is seen to be driving on the Turnpike, which was spliced with footage of O.J. Simpson's infamous car chase.
  • The 2009 World Series — between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies — was nicknamed the "Turnpike Series", because the New Jersey Turnpike played a large role in the World Series as a transportation link for Phillies fans going to Games 1, 2, and 6 in New York and for Yankees fans going to Games 3, 4, and 5 in Philadelphia. (The Series was also called the "Amtrak Series" and the "Liberty Series," for the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell.) Although popular with New Jersey fans of both teams, the phrase "Turnpike Series" was not very popular with NY and PA residents. The Series divided the people of New Jerseymarker, because South Jersey residents generally root for the Phillies, while North Jersey residents usually root for the Yankees or the Mets.


Exit list

County Location # Mile Destinations Notes
Salemmarker Pennsville Twpmarker 0.00 Opened November 5, 1951
Carneys Point Townshipmarker 1.12
1 2.4 Exit 1 Toll Plaza (Delaware Memorial Bridge)
Gloucestermarker Woolwich Townshipmarker 2 12.8 , Chester, Pennsylvaniamarker, Commodore Barry Bridgemarker Opened November 5, 1951
Camdenmarker Boro of Runnemedemarker 3 26.1 , Philadelphiamarker, Woodburymarker Opened November 5, 1951
Burlingtonmarker Mount Laurel Townshipmarker 4 34.5 , Philadelphiamarker, Berlinmarker Opened November 5, 1951
Westampton Townshipmarker 5 44.1 Opened November 5, 1951
Mansfield Townshipmarker 6 51.0
P5.6
, Pennsylvania Turnpike Opened May 25, 1956. Eastern terminus of Pennsylvania Extension.

Unsigned Interstate 95 south. Will be signed once upgrade workmarker is completed. Turnpike will divide northbound, and merge southbound when reconstruction of turnpike is complete.
(Inner roadway for cars only, outer roadway for cars-trucks-buses.)
Florence Twpmarker (6A) P2.6 Opened May 25, 1956; partial exit was converted to a full exit in 1998-99. Toll plaza located at milepost P3.17 using Express EZ-Pass.
Bordentown Twpmarker 7 53.3 Originally opened November 30, 1951; current ramps opened in 1990
Mercermarker Robbinsville Townshipmarker 7A 60.5 , Shore Points, Six Flags Great Adventuremarker Opened in the 1970s
East Windsor Townshipmarker 8 67.6 Opened November 30, 1951
Middlesexmarker Cranbury Twpmarker 72.8 Turnpike divides northbound, merges southbound until reconstruction is complete.
(Inner roadway for cars only, outer roadway for cars-trucks-buses.)
Monroe Townshipmarker 8A 73.9 Opened 1968
East Brunswick Townshipmarker 9 83.4 Opened November 30, 1951
Edison Townshipmarker 10 88.1 , Outerbridge Crossingmarker Originally opened November 30, 1951 to connect with the Garden State Parkway, rebuilt in 1966 to connect with Interstate 287 and Route 440
Woodbridge Townshipmarker 11 91.0 , Shore Points Originally opened November 30, 1951 to connect with U.S. Route 9, rebuilt in 1966 to connect with the Garden State Parkway; No trucks allowed on Garden State Parkway
Boro of Carteretmarker 12 95.9 Opened December 12, 1951
Unionmarker City of Elizabethmarker 13 99.4 , Goethals Bridgemarker, Verrazano Bridgemarker Opened December 12, 1951
13A 101.6 , Newark Airportmarker, Elizabeth Seaportmarker Opened in 1982
Essexmarker City of Newarkmarker 14 104.7  – Newark Airportmarker Opened December 12, 1951; western terminus of the Newark Bay Extension
Hudsonmarker City of Jersey Citymarker 14A N3.5 Opened April 4, 1956; on the Newark Bay Extension
14B N5.5 Jersey Citymarker, Liberty State Parkmarker, Garfield Avenue, LSP Park and Ride Opened September 15, 1956; on the Newark Bay Extension
14C N5.9 Holland Tunnelmarker, Columbus Drive, Downtown Jersey City, Journal Square Opened September 15, 1956; on the Newark Bay Extension
Essexmarker City of Newarkmarker 105.6 Car/truck lanes merge northbound, split southbound.
Eastern and western spurs split northbound, merge southbound.
15E E106.9 Opened December 12, 1951; full interchange on the Eastern Spur, southbound exit and northbound entrance on the Western Spur
Hudsonmarker Town of Kearnymarker 15W E108.5
W108.8
Opened January 1970; full interchange on the Western Spur, southbound exit and northbound entrance on the Eastern Spur
Town of Secaucusmarker 15X E110.8 Secaucus Junctionmarker, Secaucusmarker Opened December 1, 2005; on the Eastern Spur
16E
18E
E112.3 Exit 16E/18E Toll Plaza (Lincoln Tunnel/George Washington Bridgemarker)
17 E112.7  – Lincoln Tunnel, Secaucusmarker Opened January 15, 1952 as four ramps at Route 3. Southbound exit and northbound entrance only; exit tolled only for motorists going from Turnpike southbound to Route 495 eastbound. Route 495 westbound to Turnpike northbound is free
Bergenmarker Boro of East Rutherfordmarker 16W W112.7 , Lincoln Tunnel, Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker Opened January 1970; on the Western Spur
Boro of Carlstadtmarker 18W W113.8 Exit 18W Toll Plaza (George Washington Bridgemarker)
Village of Ridgefield Parkmarker E117.2
W116.8
Eastern and Western Spurs merge northbound and split southbound.
Express and local lanes split northbound and merge southbound.
Interstate 95 continues north to the George Washington Bridgemarker, maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.


In New Jersey, only the New Jersey Turnpike and the Palisades Interstate Parkway use sequential exit numbers; all other exit numbers in New Jersey are based on approximate mileage.

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