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I-295/I-76/NJ 42 interchange reconstruction has begun

NJ Route 42Interstate 295 - New JerseyInterstate 76The long-awaited reconstruction of the Interstates 295/76 and NJ 42 in Camden County, N.J. near Philadelphia (NJDOT) interchange broke ground last month. The 9 year project will is expected to cost $900 million to eliminate I-295 having to briefly merge onto the North-South Freeway which is I-76 north of the interchange and NJ 42 south of the interchange. The improved I-295 will be elevated over the North-South Freeway with less severe curves then presently. Approximately 250,000 vehicles a day travel through the interchange. Apparently, I-295 north won’t be moved to the new viaduct until 2018 with southbound being moved there in 2019. All lanes will be maintained during the project.


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I’ve been going through that interchange for most of my life (though not lately) and it was often backed up. At best, I-295 thru traffic needed to slow down to 35 MPH going through the interchange which is undesirable. However, when some vehicles failed to heed the slower speed, especially headed south into the 270° “Al-Jo curve” (named for the former diner at that spot) the results could be devastating, if not fatal.

Here is another video from NJ Today:

ERRATA

One thing I always liked about this interchange were the gigantic sharp left turn arrow signs (aaroads.com photo) with yellow lights that increased from right to left before flashing twice in unison. You can see it in the video below, starting at about 0:37:

The interchange is also one of the last places in New Jersey to get button-copy (embedded reflectors in letters) signs in the late 1990s.

I-76′s eastern terminus is at this interchange, but if it were up to me, the interstate numbering would replace NJ 42 and be extended down the Atlantic City Expressway all the way to Atlantic City.

MORE NEWS LINKS
$900 million road-construction project begins in BellmawrCourier Post (Cherry Hilly)

N. J. officials open $900 million project for I-295 snarl
The Inky

HISTORY
I-76 | I-295 | NJ 42phillyroads.com
PHOTO GALLERY: A look back: 295Courier Post (Cherry Hilly)
This gallery (linked off of the New Jersey Roads Facebook group) is what reminded me to look into the interchange reconstruction.

Highway markers courtesy of Shields Up!

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Ground broken on interchanges to replace Garden State Parkway traffic signals

Garden State Parkway traffic signal
Garden State Parkway lights set for removal in Cape May CountyCourier-News (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
It will be about 60 years too late, but three intersections on the southern Garden State Parkway will finally have their traffic signals removed. From the Governor’s press release (PDF):

The project will replace the traffic signals at three at – grade intersections with full interchanges. Bridges will be built to carry the Parkway over Shell Bay Avenue (Interchange 9), Stone Harbor Boulevard (Interchange 10) and Crest Haven Road (Interchange 11). Ramps will provide continued full access between the Parkway and the local roads at all three interchanges. Drivers on the Garden State Parkway will no longer have to stop to let local traffic pass, and drivers on the local roads will no longer have to wait at a busy intersection to get to the other side of the Parkway.

The project is expected to cost $110 million and take about 2 years. It had been delayed until now in February 2012.

I was previously unaware that this stretch of road predates the Parkway; it was incorporated in during the original 1954 construction.

Also, note to NJ101.5, don’t steal my photos.

PREVIOUSLY: Traffic light removal on Garden State Parkway delayed – 02.22.2012

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Places I went in 2012

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Leesburg, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
McLean, Va.
Purcellville, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Burnham, Pa.
Claysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Baltimore, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Welden, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Avalon, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tuckahoe, N.J.
Conway, S.C.
Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

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Traffic light removal on Garden State Parkway delayed

Garden State Parkway "EXIT 10"
Garden State Parkway traffic light removal project in Cape May delayed until next yearAP/NJ.com
When was a kid, I remember being very surprised that there were traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway, a toll super-highway, in Cape May County. They are still there, but their time is finally coming to a close. Those signals will be up a little longer though as construction of new overpasses and interchanges at “exits” 9,10, 11 has been delayed until this fall. Completion is expected in 2015, almost 60 years after the road was opened. I don’t know how much interchanges will relieve traffic bound for Stone Harbor and other beaches, but I would expect increased safety.

To me, this is another cautionary tale for those who think tolling more roads, particularly ones that were previously “free” (primarily paid for by the federal gas tax that elected officials won’t revise) is a perfect solution to funding challenges for roads.

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Places I went in 2011

Every year, I go places and list them. The primary criteria are 1.) Having a sit-down meal 2.) spending the night in that location.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Franconia, Va.
McLean, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Annapolis, Md.
Baltimore, Md.
Columbia, Md.
Crownsville, Md.
Ellicot City, Md.
Poolesville, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Ocean City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Woodstown, N.J.
Belleville, Pa.
Burnham, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Hummelstown, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Mercersburg, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
Springfield, Pa.
State College, Pa.
University Park, Pa.
Washington, D.C.

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