Interstate 95 in New Jersey


Get started Trenton
End Fort Lee
Length 89 mi
Length 143 km
Pennsylvania → PhiladelphiaRoebling

New Jersey Turnpike

7 Bordentown

7A → Trenton / Belmar

8 Hightstown

8A Monroe

9 New Brunswick

10 → New York Beltway

11 Garden State Parkway

12 Rahway

13 → Staten Island / Brooklyn

13A → Newark

14 → Newark / Jersey City

15E → Newark / Jersey City

15W → Newark

15X Croxton Intermodal Terminal

16 → Union City / Rutherford

16W Ridgefield Park

70 → Cleveland

71 Leonia

72 → Paramus

73 Palisades Interstate Parkway

George Washington Bridge

New York

Interstate 95 or I -95 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway forms a north-south route in the northern half of the state and largely coincides with the New Jersey Turnpike. I-95 runs from Roebling on the Pennsylvania border to Fort Lee on the New York border. I-95 is 143 kilometers long in New Jersey.

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Travel directions

Trenton Bypass

The Delaware River – Turnpike Toll Bridge crosses the Delaware River south of the capital Trenton. The bridge has 2×2 lanes, but the connecting part in New Jersey has 2×3 lanes. It connects with US 130, after which the highway ends at the New Jersey Turnpike.

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New Jersey Turnpike

I-95 / New Jersey Turnpike.

I-95 then merges with the New Jersey Turnpike heading north, east of Trenton. The New Jersey Turnpike here runs parallel to I-295 and has a large-scale parallel structure with 4×3 lanes. East of Trenton, it crosses I-195, the highway between Trenton and Neptune City on the east coast. The area here is semi-urban, with an alternation of suburbs and meadows. Not much further, at East Brunswick one dives into the fully urban area again, only to get out of it for the next 135 kilometers. After this one passes New Brunswick, the first major suburbs on the Raritan River.

A little further on, one intersects two highways, Interstate 287, the western perimeter of the metropolitan area, and State Route 440, which leads to the New York borough of Staten Island, 5 miles to the east. Manhattan is 55 kilometers away. The junction with the Garden State Parkway follows shortly after, a toll highway that runs more or less parallel to the New Jersey Turnpike, along the east coast of New Jersey and leads through Paterson to Upstate New York. Traffic heading upstate New York should take this highway. After this, the highway widens to a total of 14 lanes over 4+3+3+4 lanes. A large service area follows at Port Reading. The New Jersey Turnpike or I-95 crosses large industrial estates here. At Elizabeth, a suburb of 121,000 people, one crosses Interstate 278, a kind of ring that runs right through Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, east of Manhattan.

At Newark Airport, State Route 81 exits, a short highway around this airport. It then crosses Interstate 78, which runs to Bayonne, Jersey City, and southern Manhattan, and west through Newark toward Allentown, Pennsylvania. The highway then runs through Newark, one of the largest suburbs of New York with 274,000 inhabitants, which actually also has a downtown function. This is followed by an impressive spaghetti of flyovers with a total of 22 lanes. At the interchange with Interstate 280the New Jersey Turnpike splits in 2 directions. From here, I-280 runs to Paterson and has 6 lanes in each direction. One passes a large swamp, part of the Hackensack River. The area here is undeveloped for a small part. It then crosses State Route 495 to the middle of Manhattan, and State Route 3 to Passaic.

At Ridgefield, both directions come together again, and you cross US 46, a short highway to Teterboro and Fort Lee. Interstate 80 ends at Teaneck from Pennsylvania. Heading west, I-80 runs all the way to San Francisco. After this, I-95 turns east, crossing the Palisades Interstate Parkway, a cliff-top highway along the Hudson River toward New City to the north. This is followed by the George Washington Bridge toll plaza. Monster files can arise here. The George Washington Bridgeis the main access road to New York, and it opens in the north of Manhattan. One crosses the Hudson River here, which is more than a kilometer wide. This is also the state border with the city and state of New York.


The highway as I-95 was proposed by the New Jersey State Highway Department in 1956. At that time, the New Jersey Turnpike was already completed. A route via Trenton had been agreed. The number was assigned as Interstate 95 in 1959. In 1964, a new plan was drawn up for I-95 to continue west and north of Trenton, via the Somerset Freeway to Piscataway. The same year also saw the opening of the first stretch of I-95, which was not part of the New Jersey Turnpike, namely between the George Washington Bridge and Interstate 80 at Teaneck, also as part of Interstate 80. It was not until 1971 that it became part off Interstate 95.

In 1982, the Somerset Freeway was called off, and I-95 was to run via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the New Jersey Turnpike. To this end, a junction has been constructed in Bristol, Pennsylvania, allowing I-95 to follow the more southerly route around Trenton. The construction of the junction took no less than 8 years, although few buildings need to be demolished. The first phase of the project opened on September 24, 2018, finally making I-95 a through route through the region. The cost was $650 million. Even before the project was completed, I-95 was rerouted through the south side of Trenton. The old route along the west side of Trenton has been renumbered I-295.

New Jersey Turnpike

The New Jersey Turnpike was opened in 1951-1952 between the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Ridgefield. A few years after opening, the capacity proved insufficient and in 1955 a large part was widened to 2×3 to 4×2 lanes, namely from Mount Laurel to Edison and through Newark. In 1966, the intermediate section from Edison to Newark was widened to 4×3 lanes. In 1973 the toll road was widened further south to 4×3 lanes to East Brunswick. In 1970, the northern branch between Newark and Ridgefield was opened. In 1996 the toll road between Woodbridge and Newark was widened to 14 lanes.

Ridgefield – Fort Lee

The northernmost portion of I-95 was not part of the original New Jersey Turnpike. In 1931, the George Washington Bridge opened over the Hudson River on the New York State border. It was not connected to Interstate 80 until the early 1960s, the connection I-80 – George Washington Bridge opened to traffic in 1964. Traffic coming from the New Jersey Turnpike was routed via US 46 and US 9 to the George Washington Bridge. This was a narrow 2×2 expressway, with no traffic lights between the turnpike and the bridge. In 1971, a short link of I-95 between the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 80 opened, directing through traffic on I-95 north around the suburb of Leonia.

Trenton Bypass

In the 1940s and 1950s, there were several proposals for a freeway bypass around Trenton, the capital of New Jersey. This plan was initially called State Route 39. When the Interstate Highway system was developed in the mid-1950s, there were plans for a north-south route parallel to the New Jersey Turnpike, which was already completed by then. However, initial plans suggested a route through downtown Trenton, similar to that through Philadelphia. However, there were objections from New Jersey because the existing bridges were too narrow, and alternatives were sought. Eventually they came to an alignment west of Trenton.

In 1959, construction began on a toll bridge over the Delaware River at Ewing. The bridge was completed that same year. State Route 129 was built in 1961, over what is now I-95. This section was completed in 1964 and was completed as Interstate 95 as far as Scotch Road. In 1974, I-95 was extended a bit to SR-31 in Ewing. A junction was built here for an extension to Edison, the so-called Somerset Freeway, which would never be built. In the 1990s, it was decided to extend I-95 to the interchange with US 1 on the north side of Trenton, which then becomes I-295 back south along the east side of Trenton. This project was completed in 1995. Since 2018, this section has been renumbered to I-295.

Somerset Freeway

I-95 is the only long-haul highway not completed according to the original plans. Between Trenton and New Brunswick a section is missing, which is filled by the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs further east. As a result, through traffic already in Delaware has to go via the New Jersey Turnpike, while Interstate 95 runs through Pennsylvania.

This missing section is due to the scrapping of New Jersey’s Somerset Freeway, which was originally supposed to run from Trenton to Piscataway on I-287. When the interchange in Bristol, Pennsylvania is constructed, I-95 will be rerouted, running on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, south and east of Trenton. This project was completed on September 24, 2018. In early 2018, the old I-95 along the west side of Trenton in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey was renumbered as I-295.

Opening history

I-95 near Trenton.

From Unpleasant Length Opening
72 Fort Lee New York state line 2 km 24-10-1931
6 11 Garden State Parkway 64 km 30-11-1951
11 Garden State Parkway 15E Pulaski Skyway 26 km 20-12-1951
15E Pulaski Skyway 18 Ridgefield 14 km 15-01-1952
Pennsylvania state line New Jersey Turnpike 9 km 25-05-1956
68 72 Fort Lee 6 km 00-00-1964
18 Ridgefield 68 2 km 00-00-1971

Traffic intensities

Note: No recent traffic data is available for the New Jersey Turnpike, over which I-95 has been fully operational since 2018.

Exit Location 2008
7 Bordentown 122,000
8 Hightstown 138,000
9 New Brunswick 161,000
10 203,000
11 Garden State Turnpike 190,000
12 Woodbridge 225,000
13 240,000
13A Newark Airport 244,000
14 226,000
15E Pulaski Skyway 237,000
15W Mixing Bowl 226,000
16 Kearny 258,000
George Washington Bridge 297,000

Lane Configuration

From Unpleasant Lanes
Pennsylvania state line Florence 2×2
Florence Exit 6 (NJ Turnpike) 2×3
exit 6 Exit 11 4×3
Exit 11 Exit 15E 4+3+3+4
Exit 15E Exit 18E 4×3
Exit 18E Exit 68 (I-80) 4+3+3+4
Exit 68 (I-80) Exit 74 4+2+2+4
Exit 74 Exit 75 4+3+4+3 *

Interstate 95 in New Jersey