New Jersey Roads - NJ State Highways - 75-90

NJ State Highways: 75-90

75   I-76   76   76C   77   I-78   79   I-80   I-80S   81   82   83   84   85   87   88   90


75 was a proposed north-south freeway in Newark, connecting the huge
I-78 Exit 56 to the 21 freeway, thus providing a full freeway route from north of Newark to south of Newark. A high-powered interchange would have connected it to the six-lane center Exit 13 from I-280 as well as surface streets; Exit 13 was recently redone to better serve local traffic, taking away much of the stub interchange. An extension was also planned southeast to US 1/US 9. A later incarnation of 75 would have just run from I-78 to I-280 with no northward extension. The state canceled the ongoing project in April 1972 but it lingered on the books for decades thereafter.

ROUTE NO. 75. L.1967, c. 87, s. 1, repealed 1997, c.143, s.3.

History (Steve Anderson).


I-76 is a short route in the Camden area, with the Interstate spending most of its time in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The number came along in 12/1964 as a renumbering of
I-80S, which was Federal Aid Interstate 109. Until 1/1973, I-76 came over the Ben Franklin Bridge and down what's now I-676, and current I-76 was I-676; the switch was made because Pennsylvania's section of the Vine Street Expressway (now I-676) was taking a while. In fact, it ended up never connecting to the bridge at all, requiring a surface connection, and leaving the Pennsylvania side of the Ben Franklin as just plain US 30. Mileposts and exit numbers on I-76 go east to west, probably because the North-South Freeway originated as, surprise, north-south 42, and I-76 west is more north. Since I-76 goes backward, so does the log below.

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ends at I-295 (I-295)
BellmawrNorth-South Fwy
Mount EphraimNorth-South Fwy
GloucesterNorth-South Fwy
CamdenNorth-South Fwy, Walt Whitman Br
GloucesterWalt Whitman Br
enters Pennsylvania (I-76)


76 was the original number of
81; the number was changed in 12/1964, while it was still in the planning stages, because of the renumbering of I-80S to I-76.


76C (unsigned) connects the Walt Whitman Bridge to several surface streets, including
168 and US 130.

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ends at Black Horse Pike (168)
HaddonI-76 Connector
CamdenI-76 Connector
ends at North-South Fwy/Walt Whitman Br (I-76/I-676)


77 runs north from Bridgeton. It was
46 pre-GR, renumbered due to US 46.

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ends at Broad St (49)
BridgetonPearl St
Upper DeerfieldRoute 77
Upper PittsgroveBridgeton-Pole Tavern Rd, Pole Tavern-Mullica Hill Rd
ElkBridgeton Pike
HarrisonBridgeton Pike, S Main St
ends at Woodstown Rd (45)


I-78 was built as a bypass for
US 22 across the state, replacing part of the initially proposed 11 in the western half of the state. The part east of the Newark Airport was built as a connector from the New Jersey Turnpike to Newark Airport and the Holland Tunnel, and was originally 700N. The part east into the Holland Tunnel on 12th St and 14th St has traffic lights, and was built in 1927 as an approach to the tunnel. It was originally US 1, then Bus. US 1 (and Bus. US 9), and then 139. I-78 is now multiplexed with 139 into the Holland Tunnel, making I-78 one of the only Interstates to have traffic signals, alongside I-180 in Wyoming and any drawbridges left in the system.
Between 1957 and 1959, I-78 was Federal Aid Interstate 102. The Clinton bypass was built as this. US 22 in the Phillipsburg/Alpha vicinity, from current I-78 Exit 3 westward, was meant to be upgraded to I-78. Pennsylvania had made all of its US 22 into freeway east of I-81, and the entire length was also designated I-78. However, New Jersey never found a way to upgrade this part of US 22, and instead I-78 was built on new alignment south of Allentown PA, Bethlehem PA, Easton PA, and Phillipsburg, opening in 1989. Given current traffic volumes and the difficulty of widening US 22 in Pennsylvania from four lanes, this was a good idea in the end, although it stranded I-378 (which became PA 378 as a result).
The other problematic section of I-78 was between Exits 41 and 48, through the Watchung Mountains and Watchung Reservation. Environmental challenges of blasting a highway through a protected woodlands left I-78 incomplete for 15-20 years after the rest of the highway opened. As a concession to finally get it built, NJDOT installed three nature bridges, two of which are alongside crossing roads and one of which carries only animal traffic. US 22 was always used as a detour before sections of I-78 were finished, except traffic in Union County approaching the incomplete Watchung Mountains section was shunted northwestward onto the completed section of the 24 freeway. In fact, the freeway east of Union County was co-signed with 24 at least initially, as evidenced by an overhead bridge sign on the Garden State Parkway (444). Here is a table of when each section of I-78 was built:

sectionlocation (miles/exits)datenotes
1A0 to ~2.511/21/1989
1B/6H~2.5 to 311/21/1989
(102) 2B3 to 71959
2E/2J7 to 111962
2G11 to 131968upgraded on the spot from US 22
(102) 2A13 to 161957
2L16 to 171968
2M/3E17 to 201968
3F20 to 241967
3G24 to 301966
4K30 to ~321970
4J~32 to 361970
4G/4F36 to 411971
4E41 to Somerset/Union county line1971
4V/5BMSomerset/Union county line to 439/1985
5BN/5BW43 to ~448/13/1986
5BP/5BW~44 to 458/13/1986
5BT45 to ~478/13/1986
5J/5L/5M~47 to 488/13/1986
5J/5L48 to 491974
5AC49 to 501976
5AB50 to 511976
5AD51 to 521976
5AU/5AV52 to 551977
5AE/5AG55 to 561977
5AKat 561977
5AF56 to 571977
5BF57 to 581977
658 to NJTP12/12/1951
N-5/N-7/N-11NJTP to 1391956
139 to Holland Tunnel
Holland Tunnel11/13/1927

ROUTE NO. . Beginning at the north side of the trans-Bayonne freeway, and thence in a general northerly direction through the city of Jersey City, in the county of Hudson, to a point at or near the approach of the Holland Tunnel. L.1948, c. 451, p. 1851, s. 1.
ROUTE NO. . Beginning at a point in State Highway Route 28 (1927), Route U.S. 22 (1953) east of Clinton, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, and from thence proceeding westwardly by direct route to another point in the said legislated Route 28 (1927), Route U.S. 22 (1953) west of Clinton. L.1955, c. 75, p. 241, s. 1, effective June 16, 1955.

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History (Steve Anderson)
History (NJTP Newark Bay Ext) (Steve Anderson)
History (Bayonne-Port Newark Bridge) (Steve Anderson)
History (Holland Tunnel) (Steve Anderson)

enters Pennsylvania (I-78)
Clinton BoroughI-78
Clinton TwpI-78
Clinton TwpI-78
Berkeley HeightsI-78
NewarkI-78, New Jersey Tpk Newark Bay Extension
BayonneNew Jersey Tpk Newark Bay Extension
Jersey CityNew Jersey Tpk Newark Bay Extension, [12th St](14th St), Holland Tunnel
enters New York


79 is a section of old
US 9 in Monmouth County. Its latest pre-GR designation was 4A.

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ends at Route 9/Schanck Rd (US 9)
Freehold TwpSouth St
Freehold BoroughSouth St, W Main St, Broadway
Freehold TwpRoute 79
MarlboroRoute 79, S Main St, N Main St, Route 79
MatawanFreneau Ave, Main St
ends at Route 34 (34)


I-80 runs east-west across the northern part of the state. It was
Federal Aid Interstate Route 101, and a few pieces of it (most notably the Delaware Water Gap section and the Netcong bypass) were originally planned or built as bypasses for US 46. Until it was complete, it ended at US 46 in various places, including at Exit 25 in Netcong, Exit 38/39 in Denville, and Exit 47 in Parsippany. The eastern section of the freeway was built as the Bergen-Passaic Expressway from the George Washington Bridge through Leonia (now part of I-95) to Paterson. Here is a table of when the pieces of I-80 were built:

sectionlocation (miles/exits)date
Delaware Water Gap Bridge12/16/1953
(US 46) 10 to 41953
1P4 to Knowlton/Blairstown line1973
1NKnowlton/Blairstown line to 12?1973
1L12? to ~16.51972
1J~16.5 to 191972
1K19 to 251973
1M25 to 261973
2E26 to 281963
2H28 to 301960
(101) 2C30 to 341960
(101) 2B34 to ~36.51959
(101) 2A~36.5 to 381959
2C38 to 391961
3H/3I39 to 421973
3G/242 to 431973
3L/3G/3Iat 431973
3F43 to 471968
3E/3K47 to 521968
3J/4AA52 to 531969
4S53 to 541969
4AD54 to Passaic River1971
4AEPassaic River to 571971
4ALat 571971
4M57 to 581965
4H58 to 591971
4G/4A59 to 611965
4C/4H61 to 621965
4Fat 621965
5R62 to 631964
5P63 to 641964
5N64 to 651964
5S65 to 661964
5G/5I66 to 671964
5V67 to 681964
(I-95) 1R68 to NJ 41964
(I-95) 1GNJ 4 to US 9W1964

ROUTE NO. . Beginning at Route 8, in the vicinity of Columbia and paralleling the Delaware river to the southeasterly abutment of the bridge to be constructed across the Delaware river by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, in the vicinity of the Delaware Water Gap in Pahaquarry township, Warren county. L.1951, c. 107, p. 516, s. 1.

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History (Steve Anderson)

enters Pennsylvania (I-80)
Mount OliveI-80
Mount OliveI-80
Mount ArlingtonI-80
Rockaway TwpI-80
Rockaway TwpI-80
Rockaway BoroughI-80
Rockaway TwpI-80
Parsippany-Troy HillsI-80
Woodland Park (was West Paterson)I-80
PatersonI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
Elmwood ParkI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
Saddle BrookI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
LodiI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
HackensackI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
South HackensackI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
HackensackI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
Ridgefield ParkI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
BogotaI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
TeaneckI-80 (Bergen-Passaic Expwy)
ends at I-95 (I-95)


I-80S was the original number for
I-76, starting in Ohio; the number was changed 12/1964 when AASHTO started removing suffixed Interstates. However it was not today's I-76 in NJ; it instead used present-day I-676 to go over the Ben Franklin Bridge. This was also the route of I-76 until 1/1973; see that entry for more.


81 was opened in 6/1982 to connect the new Exit 13A on
I-95 (NJTP) to the Newark Airport. It was originally planned as 76; the number was changed to 81 in 12/1964 because of the renumbering of I-80S to I-76. The original plan was to connect 81 to I-95 (NJTP) Exit 13; there are still ghost ramps there. The spiritual predecessor to 81 may have been S100.

ROUTE NO. 81. The State Highway Commissioner is authorized, as soon as practicable and in accordance with the procedure set forth in article 1 of chapter 7 of Title 27 of the Revised Statutes to add to the State highway system a new route beginning at a point in the vicinity of Route 278 and New Jersey Turnpike Interchange No. 13 in the city of Elizabeth, and northerly to an intersection with U.S. Route 1 at a point generally located between North avenue, Elizabeth, and McClellan street, Newark. Added L.1966, c. 306, s. 1, eff. Dec. 21, 1966.

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History (Steve Anderson)

ends at New Jersey Turnpike (I-95)
ElizabethRoute 81
ends at Route 1-9 (US 1/US 9)


82 goes northwest from Elizabeth. It was
S24 pre-GR (as was a bit of 439 from 82 south to 28).

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ends at Springfield Ave/Meisel Ave (124)
SpringfieldMorris Ave
UnionMorris Ave
ends at North Ave (439)


83 runs east-west in the south part of the state. It was part of
49 pre-GR.


ends at Delsea Dr (47)
DennisRoute 83
ends at Route 9 (US 9)


84 is now
284; it was changed in 1966 because NY 84 changed to NY 284 to accommodate I-84, which NY 84 would have intersected. 84 was changed from 8N (from pre-1927 8) to 84 before the GR in 1942 to match NY 84.


85 was a proposed north-south freeway in Jersey City and Hoboken, connecting
I-78 to 495. 185 may have been numbered with 85 in mind, though the number is most likely a coincidence of being in the 1xx system.

Route No. . As soon as practicable the State Highway Commissioner shall establish the State Highway Route, from the Lincoln Tunnel in the township of Weehawken to and connecting with the Holland Tunnel by way of the township of Weehawken, city of Hoboken and the city of Jersey City, heretofore authorized by P.L.1934, chapter 116 and Revised Statutes 27:6-1; and the aforesaid route is hereby designated a freeway as defined in P.L.1945, chapter 83. Amended by L.1965, c. 98, s. 1, eff. June 14, 1965.

History (Steve Anderson).


87 runs north from Atlantic City. It was
S56 before the GR. When it was realigned in Atlantic City onto Huron Ave, the old alignment continuing on Brigantine Blvd became 187.

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ends at Absecon Blvd (US 30)
Atlantic CityHuron Ave, Brigantine Blvd
BrigantineBrigantine Blvd
ends at U-turn and becomes CR 638


88 runs east from Lakewood. It was part of
35 pre-GR.

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ends at Madison Ave (US 9)
LakewoodMain St, Ocean Ave
BrickRoute 88, [Princeton Ave, Post Rd](Route 88), Route 88
Point PleasantLakewood Rd, Ocean Rd
ends at Richmond Ave/Cincinnati Ave (35)


90 is a freeway east of Camden, built to bypass
73 to the new Betsy Ross Bridge. It was originally proposed to reach the NJ Turnpike (700). Signage on I-95 in Pennsylvania includes NJ 90 shields.

ROUTE 90 FREEWAY. Beginning at a point in or near the proposed new bridge over the Delaware river in the township of Pennsauken in Camden county, and extending generally easterly to Route 73. L.1965, c.60, s.1, amended by 1997, c.143, s.1.

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History (Steve Anderson)

enters Pennsylvania
PennsaukenBetsy Ross Bridge, Route 90
CinnaminsonRoute 90
ends at Route 73 (73)

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