Garden State Parkway

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Garden State Parkway
Garden State Parkway highlighted in green
Route information
Maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Length 172.40 mi[1] (277.45 km)
Existed 1947–present
Tourist
routes
Pine Barrens Byway
Restrictions No trucks north of exit 105
Major junctions
South end Route 109 in Lower Township
 
North end Garden State Parkway Connector in Ramapo, New York
Location
Counties Cape May, Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Union, Essex, Passaic, Bergen
Highway system
Route 440 444 Route 445

The Garden State Parkway (GSP) is a 172.4-mile (277.5 km)[1] limited-access toll parkway that stretches the length of New Jersey from the New York line at Montvale to the state's southernmost tip at Cape May. Its name refers to New Jersey's nickname, the "Garden State". Most New Jerseyans refer to it as simply "the Parkway". The parkway's official, but unsigned, designation is Route 444. At its north end, the road becomes the Garden State Parkway Connector, a component of the New York State Thruway system that connects to the Thruway mainline in Ramapo. The Parkway is primarily for passenger vehicle use; trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) are prohibited north of exit 105.[2] The Parkway has been ranked as the busiest toll highway in the country based on the number of toll transactions.[3][4] At approximately 172 miles, the Parkway is the longest highway in the state.

Route description

Garden State Parkway northbound at mile marker 10 in Middle Township

The Garden State Parkway begins at an at-grade trumpet interchange with Route 109 in Lower Township. Southbound, the junction with Route 109 is marked as exit 0. The parkway runs north as a four lane limited-access highway through Cape May County, crossing interchanges with Route 47 and Route 147, which provide drivers access to Wildwood and nearby North Wildwood. Crossing into Cape May Court House, the road crosses exits 9, 10 and 11, former at-grade intersections upgraded in favor of graded interchanges. At exit 13, there is an access to the city of Avalon, featuring an odd interchange with a left-handed merge from the median of the roadway. After exit 17, the access to Sea Isle City, the parkway reaches the Ocean View Service Area.[5]

US 9 signed with the parkway just north of Exit 25 in Upper Township

Exit 17 northbound marks the last interchange on the parkway before a toll barrier in Cape May County, as Upper Township marks the location of the Cape May Toll Barrier. Running west of swamplands along the Jersey Shore, the parkway crosses an interchange with Route 50 (the eastern terminus of the latter). Just to the north, the parkway's median is the home of the John B. Townsend Shoemaker Holly Picnic Area, one of two of the original ten picnic areas left along the Parkway. At exit 25 in Upper Township, U.S. Route 9 northbound joins the road before it crosses the Great Egg Harbor Bay on the Great Egg Harbor Bridge just east of the former Beesley's Point Bridge. After landing in the Atlantic County community of Somers Point, Route 9 turns off at exit 29, which is located next to the Great Egg Toll Plaza going southbound.[5]

Returning to a four-lane arterial, the parkway runs along the western edges of Somers Point, soon crossing into Egg Harbor Township. In Egg Harbor Township, exit 36 marks the junction with U.S. Route 40, U.S. Route 322 and County Route 563. This marks the first of three interchanges with roads that access Atlantic City, located to the east. Two miles north, the road crosses a cloverleaf interchange with the limited-access Atlantic City Expressway. Crossing west of the Atlantic City Reservoir, the parkway is now six lanes, crossing an interchange with U.S. Route 30 (White Horse Pike) in Pomona. North of the exit, the parkway median is home to the Atlantic Service Area, which also provides home to a barrack of the New Jersey State Police and access to CR 561. Winding north into the Port Republic Wildlife Management Area, Route 9 merges back in to the parkway and crosses over the Mullica River into Burlington County.[5]

Garden State Parkway northbound at mile marker 60 in Eagleswood Township

Now in Bass River Township, Route 9 departs at exit 50. North of exit 53, the parkway crosses the Bass River Toll Barrier northbound. Crossing northward through Bass River State Forest, the six-lane highway becomes desolate. At exit 63, Route 72 meets the Parkway, providing access to Manahawkin and Long Beach Island. Crossing northeast through the Pine Barrens, the parkway crosses into Lacey Township and the Forked River Service Area in the median. North of exit 77, the route crosses through Double Trouble State Park and enters the Toms River area. In Toms River, the parkway meets Route 37, which provides access to Lakehurst, Seaside Heights and Island Beach State Park. North of exit 83 is the Toms River Toll Barrier.[5] North of the Toms River Toll Barrier, the parkway crosses an interchange with Route 70, connecting Brick Township and Point Pleasant Beach. Crossing through Brick Township, the parkway reaches exit 98 near Allaire State Park. The interchange, formerly designated as 96 and 97,[6] involves a pair of collector-distributor roads to reach Interstate 195, Route 34 and Route 138. A park and ride is present in the cloverleaf with Route 138. Now in Monmouth County, the parkway reaches the Monmouth Service Area in the median. The service area provides a park and ride for commuters and access to County Route 18 (Belmar Boulevard). North of the service area, the parkway enters the stretch of exits 100A–C, serving Route 33 and Route 66. North of exit 102 in Tinton Falls, the road reaches the Asbury Park Toll Barrier.[5]

Garden State Parkway northbound at the interchange with Route 18 and Route 36 in Tinton Falls

After the toll barrier, the two directions of road expand into express and local lanes in each direction. Just north of the split marks exit 105, servicing Route 18 and Route 36. The connector road from the parkway to the terminus of Route 36 and CR 51 (Hope Road) is designated as Route 444S. The express and local lanes wind northwest through Monmouth County, passing east of Freehold. At exit 116, access is provided to the PNC Bank Arts Center, Telegraph Hill Picnic Area and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There is also access to nearby Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel Township and a nearby park and ride. Crossing west of Hazlet, the parkway reaches exit 117 and exit 118, which mark access to Route 35, Route 36 and nearby Aberdeen. This connector road is designated as Route 444R. The parkway crosses northwest through Cheesequake State Park, bending into Middlesex County.[5]

Through Middlesex County, the parkway features the Cheesequake Service Area in the median, with access to both the express and local lanes of the highway. Crossing into South Amboy, the lanes merge as they reach the Raritan Toll Barrier southbound. Here, exit 125 southbound is the only E-ZPass only exit on the highway, reaching Chevalier Avenue in South Amboy. Paralleing Route 9 and Route 35, all three cross the Raritan River. The parkway becomes 13 lanes as it crosses the Driscoll Bridge. Northbound, lanes split up for exit 127, a massive interchange for Route 440 and Route 9, providing access to the Outerbridge Crossing. Just north of exit 127 in Woodbridge Township, the parkway reaches exit 129, which provides access to the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 9. Running northeast through Woodbridge Township, the parkway crosses Route 1 at exit 130 and Route 27 at exit 132. There is also access northbound to Metropark station of New Jersey Transit at exit 131B.[5]

The Garden State Parkway in Iselin

North of exit 132, the parkway curves northeast, passing the Colonia South and Colonia North service areas, along with the closed Madison Hill Picnic Area. Crossing into Union County, the highway crosses through dense neighborhoods as an eight–ten lane roadway. At exit 140, U.S. Route 22 crosses the Parkway with Route 82. Northbound, the road also passes the Vaux Hall Service Area. After the service area, the road crosses the Union Toll Barrier northbound and crosses a massive interchange with Interstate 78 at exit 142A–B. Running northeast into Essex County, the parkway reaches Irvington and soon crosses into the dense East Orange. In East Orange is an interchange with Interstate 280 at exit 145. Winding into Bloomfield, the parkway crosses exit 148 at CR 506 (Bloomfield Avenue). North of exit 149, the southbound parkway has the Essex Toll Barrier.[5]

After the Brookdale North and Brookdale South service areas, the parkway crosses into exit 153, which serves Route 3. After exit 153B, the parkway crosses into Passaic County and the city of Clifton. There, the route has several interchanges, with U.S. Route 46 and Route 19. After Route 19, the route turns northeast and crosses through Clifton to another interchange with Route 46 and soon, Route 21. To the northeast of Route 21, the parkway reaches an interchange with Interstate 80 (exit 159) and the Bergen Toll Barrier. Entering Bergen County, the road crosses a pair of interchanges for Route 4 and Route 208 as they enter Paramus. The final major interchange comes at Route 17 (exit 163). North of the interchange, there is another large junction at exit 165, which has a park and ride.[5]

Winding through suburban Bergen County, the parkway reaches the Montvale Service Area, the final of the group of service areas. There is access to CR 94 (Grand Avenue), which also has a nearby ramp for exit 172. Exit 172 marks the final exit of the Garden State Parkway, which crosses into New York in Montvale. From there, the route becomes the Garden State Parkway Connector, bringing access southbound to CR 41 in Rockland County, New York. The connector meets Interstate 87, Interstate 287 and the New York State Thruway in Nanuet, marking the northern end.[5]

On the Garden State Parkway, the emergency assistance number is #GSP, which is #477 in number form. New Jersey State Police are the primary police agency that handles calls for service on the parkway. Other emergency services such as fire and first aid are usually handled by the jurisdictions in which that section of the parkway passes.

History

Route S101
Location HackensackNew York state line
View south along the Garden State Parkway at milepost 160, just north of Interstate 80 in Saddle Brook

Route S101 was a northern extension of Route 101 planned from Hackensack through Paramus to the New York state line near Montvale. The section from Hackensack to Paramus was never built; the section from Paramus to the state line would become part of the Garden State Parkway.

The parkway was originally designated as the Route 4 Parkway when construction in Union County began in 1947. However, due to a lack of funds, only 11 miles (18 km) of the road were completed by 1950. The solution was for the state to establish the New Jersey Highway Authority in 1952 to oversee construction and operation as a self-liquidating toll road from Cape May to the New York state line.[7] Much of the original section, between exits 129 and 140, was long administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and has always been untolled. The segment can be distinguished by the stone facing on the overpasses.

The parkway was constructed between 1946 and 1957 to connect suburban northern New Jersey with resort areas along the Atlantic coast and to alleviate traffic on traditional north–south routes running through each town center, such as US 1, US 9, and Route 35. Unofficially, it has two sections: the "metropolitan section" north of the Raritan River and the "shore section" between the Raritan River and Cape May.

The landscape architect and engineer in charge of the newly named Garden State Parkway was Gilmore David Clarke, of the architectural firm of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and MacDonald,[7] who had worked with Robert Moses on the parkway systems around New York City. Clarke's design prototypes for the parkway combined the example of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a model of efficiency with parallels in the German Autobahn routes of the 1930s, with the Merritt Parkway model that stressed a planted "green belt" for beauty. Both design models featured wide planted medians to prevent head-on collisions and mask the glare of oncoming headlights. The Garden State Parkway was designed to have a natural feel. Many trees were planted, and the only signs were those for exits—there were no distracting billboards. Most of the signs were constructed from wood, or a dark-brown metal, instead of the chrome bars used on most other highways. The guardrails were also made from wood and dark metal. Most early overpasses were stone, but then changed to concrete, with green rails and retro etchings, popular around the 1950s and 1960s. These are now in decay and being replaced by sleek, new bridges. The parkway was designed to curve gently throughout its length so that drivers would remain alert and not fall asleep at the wheel.

Most of the metropolitan section is like any other expressway built in the 1950s through heavily populated areas. The shore section parallels US 9 and runs through unspoiled wilderness in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. In Cape May County, the parkway had three traffic lights (at exits 9, 10, and 11), but these were eliminated in 2015, with construction of three overpasses in Cape May Court House and Stone Harbor.

The old alignment at the Beesley's Point Bridge heading southbound. Notice the white center line (instead of yellow).

The parkway had an old alignment before the Great Egg Harbor Bridge was completed. It was detoured onto US 9 and over the Beesley's Point Bridge. That bridge was closed in 2003 and demolished in 2014.

The Garden State Parkway was off-limits to motorcycles until Malcolm Forbes pushed successfully for legislation to allow them.[8]

On July 9, 2003, Governor Jim McGreevey's plan to merge the operating organizations of the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike into one agency was completed.[9]

Literature from the time of the parkway's construction indicates that the parkway would become toll-free once bonds used for its construction were paid off. However, additional construction projects, plus the expectation that the parkway will pay for its own maintenance and policing (and the massive E-ZPass project) make it unlikely it will become toll-free in the foreseeable future.[10]

The parkway was also planned to be the southern terminus for Route 55 at milemarker 19. This was cancelled after the conclusion that the highway ran through too many wetland areas. The idea is still being revisited after frequent traffic jams on Route 47.

On July 22, 2014, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority filed a federal lawsuit against Jersey Boardwalk Pizza, a pizza chain in Florida, for using a logo too similar to the signs for the Garden State Parkway.[11] Federal Judge William Martini dismissed the suit on March 26, 2015.[12]


Usage

Typical entrance sign for the parkway

The speed limit on the parkway is 65 mph (105 km/h) with the following exceptions: 55 mph (90 km/h) between mileposts 123.5 and 163.3, 55 mph (90 km/h) between mileposts 80.0 and 85.2, and 45 mph (70 km/h) between mileposts 27 and 29, approaching and traversing the Great Egg Harbor Bridge, and between milepost 126.7 and 127.7, approaching and traversing the Driscoll Bridge.[1][13]

Commercial trucks with a registered weight of over 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) are not allowed to use the northern parts of the parkway.[14] All trucks must exit at exit 105, just past the Asbury Park toll plaza. From Tinton Falls to the southern end of the parkway at Cape May, trucks are allowed, but must pay additional tolls. Buses are allowed for the entire length of the parkway.[15] In April 2011, New Jersey Transportation Commissioner James Simpson announced the NJTA was looking into the possibility of allowing trucks on the northern portion of the Garden State Parkway.[16] However, the idea was quickly abandoned after the agency found the road had engineering concerns that would make the consideration of allowing trucks on this segment impossible.[17]

Toll collection

Southbound at the Pascack Valley toll plaza

While the New Jersey Turnpike uses a system of long-distance tickets, obtained once by a motorist upon entering and surrendered upon exiting at toll gates (a "closed" system), the Garden State Parkway uses no tickets but collects tolls at toll plazas at somewhat regular intervals along its length and at certain exits (an "open" system). As of 2018, the standard car toll is $0.75 on the main road at two-way toll plazas and $1.50 at one-way toll plazas. Some individual exits require a toll of either $0.50, $0.75, $1.00, or $1.50.

There are three lane types at the toll plazas, however not all plazas have every type of lane at all times.

The first type is full-service lanes; these lanes are staffed and toll collectors can provide change and receipts to drivers.

The second type is exact change lanes. In these lanes, motorists deposit coins in a toll basket and each coin is mechanically counted; drivers using exact change lanes are required to pay with coins only. The Union Toll Plaza was the first to use an automated toll-collection machine. A plaque commemorating this event includes the first quarter collected at its toll booths.[18] Historically, these lanes also accepted tokens, and were common on main roadway toll plazas. However, in late 2018, exact change lanes were discontinued on main road toll plazas; they continue to be used for exit and entrance ramp toll plazas.

The third type of lane is for the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system. Dedicated lanes only accept vehicles with E-ZPass tags. The speed limit in these lanes is 15 mph (24 km/h), or 55–65 mph (89–105 km/h) for Express E-ZPass lanes. Full service lanes also accept E-ZPass tags.

Garden State Parkway tokens, which were discontinued after January 1, 2009

Tokens, available for purchase at full-service toll plaza lanes, were introduced at a price of $10 for a roll of 40 tokens, as the toll was 25 cents at the time; most drivers continued to use quarters. However, when the toll was increased to 35 cents, rolls of tokens were priced at 30 tokens for $10; between the slight discount and the convenience of using a single coin, tokens gained in popularity. There were also larger bus tokens, primarily for use by Atlantic City-bound buses. As E-ZPass became more widespread, tokens were phased out. Tokens sales were discontinued on January 1, 2002,[19] and were no longer accepted effective January 1, 2009.[20]

E-ZPass was first installed at the Pascack Valley toll plaza in December 1999, and the system was completed on September 19, 2000.[21] Beginning on November 19, 2001, E-ZPass customers were charged the approximate token rate, that is 33 cents (peak travel) or 30 cents (off-peak travel), instead of 35 cents, the cash toll rate at the time.[19] Due to tremendous cost overruns in implementing the E-ZPass system on New Jersey's toll highways the discount was eliminated the next year.[22] NJHA E-ZPass customers were charged a $1-per-month account fee,[22] causing many customers to turn in their NJHA E-ZPass transponders in favor of a transponder from an out-of-state authority which did not charge a monthly fee.

Historical picture of a Garden State Parkway toll booth

To reduce congestion, most toll plazas on the roadway were converted into one-way plazas between September 2004 and February 2010, dubbed "one-way tolling".[23] Under this program, the toll is doubled in one direction, and the other direction is toll-free. The Cape May (in Upper Township), Great Egg (in Somers Point), New Gretna (in Bass River Township), Barnegat (in Barnegat Township), Asbury Park (in Tinton Falls), Raritan (in Sayreville), Union (in Hillside), Essex (in Bloomfield), Bergen (in Saddle Brook), and Pascack Valley (in Washington Township) toll plazas had been converted to one-way toll plazas. The Toms River (in Toms River) Toll Plaza is the only toll barrier plaza where a toll is collected in both directions.

Payment of tolls is enforced by photo, a system that went into effect on October 17, 2011.[24]

Picnic areas

The John B. Townsend Shoemaker Holly picnic area

One of the objectives of the parkway was to become a state park its entire length, and its users would enjoy park-like aesthetics with minimal intrusion of urban scenery. Along the ride, users were permitted to stop and picnic along the roadway to further enjoy the relaxation qualities the parkway had to offer. All picnic areas had tall trees that provided shade and visual isolation from the roadway. Grills, benches, running water and restrooms were provided. Over time as the parkway transformed into a road of commerce, the picnic areas were being closed for a variety of reasons. Their ramp terminals became insufficient to accommodate the high-speed mainline traffic and in addition to the decreasing number of users, the picnic areas were becoming more effective as maintenance yards and were converted as such or closed altogether.

The two remaining picnic areas are closed from dusk to dawn. Posted signs within the picnic area prohibit fires and camping.

There were ten operational picnic areas:

Name Location Milepost Direction Opened Closed Reason Notes
John B. Townsend Shoemaker Holly Upper Township 22.7 miles (36.5 km) Both October 20, 1965[25] John B. Townsend was a physician from Ocean City who became the New Jersey Highway Authority's second Vice Chairman in 1955. The word Shoemaker comes from the last name of the landowner in the way of the Parkway's alignment during its initial construction. The term Holly comes from the Shoemaker's holly tree that was on his property. The tree is presumed to be 300 years old and one of, if not, the oldest holly tree in the United States. The bathrooms at Shoemaker Holly were demolished in August 2014.[26]
Stafford Forge Stafford Township 61.6 miles (99.1 km) Both May 27, 1955[27]
Oyster Creek Lacey Township   Both May 27, 1955[27] The murder of Maria Marshall orchestrated by her husband Robert O. Marshall occurred in the Oyster Creek picnic area on the night of September 7, 1984.[28] The story was made into a novel and television movie on NBC.
Double Trouble Double Trouble 79.0 miles (127.1 km) Southbound February 23, 1961[29] Mosquito outbreak The NJHA chose to abandon the picnic area due to the outbreak of mosquitoes from a nearby cranberry bog.[29]
Polhemus Creek Brick Township 82.0 miles (132.0 km) Northbound June 4, 1955[30]
Herbertsville Wall Township 94.65 miles (152.32 km) Southbound May 27, 1955[27] Converted to a maintenance yard of the same name and heavy vehicle weigh station.
Telegraph Hill Holmdel Township 115.85 miles (186.44 km) Both April 24, 1957[31] The picnic area is off exit 116, next to the PNC Bank Arts Center.
Glenside Woodbridge Township 130.2 miles (209.5 km) Southbound October 23, 1987[32] Illegal use for sex and drugs[32]
Madison Hill Woodbridge Township 134.9 miles (217.1 km) Northbound November 1, 1950[33]   Madison Hill was an overlook constructed for the Route 4 Parkway rather than the whole Garden State Parkway.[33]
Tall Oaks Cranford 137.0 miles (220.5 km) Southbound July 1988[34] Illegal use for sex and drugs[34]

Service areas

Approaching the Montvale service area, the last rest area on the northbound side of the Parkway before heading into New York.
Assurance sign to the Ocean View service area, Ocean View, New Jersey.

All service areas are located in the center median, unless otherwise noted.

Name Location Milepost Direction Opened Closed Facilities Notes
Ocean View Dennis Township 18.3 miles (29.5 km) Both July 8, 1955[35] Restrooms, fuel, vending machines, tourist information Formerly known as Seaville.
Atlantic Plaza Galloway Township 41.4 miles (66.6 km) Both Food, restrooms, fuel and information
New Gretna Bass River Township 53 miles (85 km) Both July 1, 1955[35] Food, restrooms, fuel Temporary service area built for services until the permanent service areas were completed. Now site of a Parkway maintenance facility.
Forked River Lacey Township 76.0 miles (122.3 km) Both May 19–26, 1955[27][36] Food, restrooms, fuel The snack bar at Forked River opened the weekend of May 19–20, 1955 but full facilities did not open until May 26.[36]
Monmouth Wall Township 100.4 miles (161.6 km) Both July 1, 1955[37] Food, restrooms, fuel
Eatontown Tinton Falls 107 miles (172 km) Both July 1, 1955[35] Food, restrooms, fuel Temporary service area built for services until the permanent service areas were completed.
Cheesequake Old Bridge Township 123.0 miles (197.9 km) Both May 12, 1955[38] Food, restrooms, fuel
Colonia South Woodbridge Township 132.79 miles (213.70 km) Southbound Fuel, convenience stores and restrooms
Colonia North 133.45 miles (214.77 km) Northbound Fuel, convenience stores and restrooms
Vaux Hall Union Township 142.0 miles (228.5 km) Northbound May 26, 1955[27][36] Food, restrooms and fuel
Brookdale South Bloomfield 153.3 miles (246.7 km) Southbound August 10, 1956[39] Food, restrooms and fuel
Brookdale North 153 miles (246 km) Northbound December 10, 1956[40] Fuel only Doubles as barracks for New Jersey State Police.
Montvale Montvale 171 miles (275 km) Both September 18, 1958[41] Food, restrooms, fuel and information

Park-ettes

In the 1950s, four petroleum companies were hired to provide gasoline and vehicular necessities—Esso, Texaco, Atlantic and Cities Service. The Cities Service company was the petroleum provider at Monmouth, Forked River, Atlantic City (Absecon at the time) and Ocean View (Seaville at the time) and offered a service where female employees were hired for those service area showrooms, wore uniforms and were known as the Park-ettes. Their duties included providing directions and other information to motorists as well as rendering odd bits of service such as sewing a missing button on a patron's coat.[42]

Exit list

Many entrances and exits have tolls. In general, exits have tolls when they precede a barrier toll, and exits are free when they follow a barrier toll. Conversely, entrances that precede a barrier toll are free; and tolls are paid at entrances just beyond a barrier toll. This avoids double tolling (e.g., paying a barrier toll and then immediately paying again to exit) and under-tolling (e.g., driving a long distance and then exiting for free just before a barrier toll).

There are no tolls between exits 127 and 141, inclusive, as this was the original road segment that predates the New Jersey Highway Authority.

County Location mi[1] km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes[43]
Cape May Lower Township 0.00 0.00   0 Route 109 to US 9 – Cape May, North Cape May At-grade intersection, access to Cape May–Lewes Ferry
Middle Township 3.90 6.28   4 Route 47 – Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Rio Grande Toll (northbound exit and southbound entrance); signed as exit 4A (south) and 4B (north) southbound
6.54 10.53 6 Route 147 – North Wildwood, Whitesboro Southbound exit and northbound entrance
8.40 13.52 9 To US 9 / Shell Bay Avenue Former at-grade intersection, removed 2014
9.90 15.93 10 Cape May Court House, Stone Harbor Access via CR 657, former at-grade intersection, removed 2014[44]
11.04 17.77 11 To US 9 / Crest Haven Road (CR 609) Former at-grade intersection, removed 2015[44]
11.80 18.99 12 US 9 Southbound entrance only, no exit
13.60 21.89 13 To US 9 (CR 601) – Swainton, Avalon
Dennis Township 17.50 28.16 17 Sea Isle City, Dennis Township Access via CR 625, southbound exit and northbound entrance
Upper Township 19.38 31.19 Cape May Toll Plaza (northbound only)
20.25 32.59 20 US 9 / Route 50 north – Upper Township Northbound exit and southbound entrance
25.34 40.78 25 US 9 south (CR 623) – Ocean City Southern terminus of concurrency with US 9;
access to Corson's Inlet State Park
Great Egg Harbor Bay 27.77 44.69 Great Egg Harbor Bridge
Atlantic Somers Point 28.78 46.32 Great Egg Toll Plaza (southbound only)
28.90 46.51 29 US 9 north – Somers Point, Ocean City Northern terminus of concurrency with US 9;
northbound exit and southbound entrance
30.00 48.28 30 Somers Point, Ocean City Access via North Laurel Drive, southbound exit and northbound entrance, toll (on southbound exit only)
Egg Harbor Township 35.82 57.65 36 US 40 / US 322 (CR 563 / CR 651) – Northfield, Pleasantville, Atlantic City No southbound exit, northbound exit only
36.08 58.07 CR 563 south – Northfield, Margate No northbound exit, southbound exit only
36.28 58.39 37N US 40 / US 322 Northbound entrance only, no exit
36.59 58.89 37 US 40 / US 322 (CR 608) – Pleasantville, Atlantic City Southbound exit and northbound entrance, access to CR 563 north
37.23 59.92 38 A.C. Expressway – Atlantic City, Camden Signed as exits 38A (east) and 38B (west), Exit 38B provides access to Atlantic City International Airport and the FAA Tech Center
Galloway Township 40.04 64.44 40 US 30 east – Absecon, Brigantine, Atlantic City Southbound exit and northbound entrance
41.70 67.11 41 CR 561 – Galloway Township, Pomona Opened March 13, 2015; Access to AtlantiCare Medical Campus and Stockton University
43.98 70.78 44
CR 575 / CR 561 Alt. – Pomona, Port Republic, Smithville
Northbound exit and southbound entrance opened August 2015; Access to Stockton University, Atlantic City International Airport and the FAA Tech Center
Port Republic 48.29 77.72 48 US 9 south – Port Republic, Smithville Southern terminus of concurrency with US 9;
southbound exit and northbound entrance
Burlington Bass River Township 50.67 81.55 50 US 9 north – New Gretna, Tuckerton Northern terminus of concurrency with US 9;
northbound exit and southbound entrance
52.70 84.81 52 CR 654 – New Gretna Southbound exit and northbound entrance
53.54 86.16 New Gretna Toll Plaza (northbound only)
Ocean Little Egg Harbor Township 58.69 94.45 58 CR 539 – Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Whiting
Stafford Township 64.11 103.18 63 Route 72 – Long Beach Island, Pemberton Signed as exits 63A (east) and 63B (west) northbound
Barnegat Township 67.81 109.13 67 CR 554 – Barnegat, Pemberton Signed as exits 67A (east) and 67B (west) southbound
68.61 110.42 Barnegat Toll Plaza (southbound only)
Ocean Township 70.45 113.38 69 CR 532 – Waretown Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance)
Lacey Township 75.34 121.25 74 CR 614 – Forked River Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance)
Berkeley Township 77.40 124.56 77 Berkeley Access via CR 618 / CR 619, toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance)
South Toms River 80.85 130.12 80 US 9 south / CR 619 south / CR 530 – Beachwood, South Toms River Southern terminus of concurrency with US 9;
southbound exit and northbound entrance
Toms River 81.85 131.72 81 Lakehurst Road (CR 527) – Toms River
82.35 132.53 82 Route 37 – Seaside Heights, Lakehurst Signed as exits 82 (east) and 82A (west);
access to Island Beach State Park
84.10 135.35 83 US 9 north / CR 571 / Route 166 south – Lakewood Northern terminus of concurrency with US 9;
no southbound exit
84.72 136.34 Toms River Toll Plaza
Lakewood Township 89.36 143.81 88 89[45][46] Route 70 – Lakehurst, Lakewood, Brick Township Signed as exit 89A northbound for Route 70 east and west; 89A (east) and 89B (west) southbound; toll on all ramps
90.18 145.13 CR 528 – Lakewood, Brick Signed as exit 89B northbound and 89C southbound; toll on all ramps
Brick Township 91.10 146.61 90 CR 549 south – Brick Northbound exit and southbound entrance
92.62 149.06 91 CR 549 – Lakewood, Brick Township, Herbertsville, Point Pleasant Signed as exits 91B (south) and 91A (north) southbound; toll on southbound exit and northbound entrance
Monmouth Wall Township 98.23 158.09 96–97 98 I-195 west / Route 138 east / Route 34 – Belmar, Point Pleasant Beach, Trenton Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance);
Access from Northbound Parkway to NJ-34 and I-195 west via NJ-138 west (unsigned); Junction with NJ 34 formerly exit 96 and NJ 138 formerly exit 97[6]
Tinton Falls 101.24 162.93 100 100A Route 33 east – Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach Bradley Beach not signed on southbound signage; formerly exit 100
101.49 163.33 100A 100B Route 66 east – Asbury Park no southbound access to NJ 66 east; formerly exit 100A; northbound exit and southbound entrance
101.74–
163.73
163.73–
263.50
100B 100C Route 33 west – Freehold Borough signed as exit 100B southbound;
103.15 166.00 102 Neptune, Asbury Park Access via CR 16, southbound exit and northbound entrance
103.96 167.31 Asbury Park Toll Plaza (northbound only)
104.20 167.69 South end of local-express lanes split
106.12–
106.39
170.78–
171.22
105 Route 18 north / Route 36 east to Route 35 – New Brunswick, Eatontown, Long Branch Toll (on northbound entrance only); southbound exit and northbound entrance from express and local lanes; commercial vehicles must exit here
Middletown Township 110.14 177.25 109 CR 520 – Red Bank, Lincroft Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance)
MiddletownHolmdel
township line
113.88 183.27 114 Holmdel, Middletown Access via CR 52, toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance); exit opened December 21, 1962[47]
Holmdel Township 115.85 186.44 116 MUTCD RS-070.svg PNC Bank Arts Center
117.00 188.29 Crossover ramps between express and local lanes
Hazlet Township 118.50 190.71 117 Route 35 / Route 36 south – Hazlet, Keyport, Aberdeen Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance);
southbound exit and northbound entrance from express lanes
Aberdeen Township 118.79 191.17 117A 118 Aberdeen Access via CR 3, southbound exit and entrance, toll, formerly 117A until 2016
Middlesex Old Bridge Township 121.13 194.94 120 Laurence Harbor, Matawan Access via CR 689, access to Cheesequake State Park
Sayreville 124.64 200.59 123 US 9 south – Sayreville, Old Bridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance
124.99 201.15 124 Main Street (CR 670) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Exit opened October 25, 1982[48]
125.28 201.62 North end of local-express lanes split
125.68 202.26 Raritan Toll Plaza (southbound only)
126.36 203.36 125 US 9 south / Route 35 (Chevalier Avenue, Main Street Extension) – Sayreville, South Amboy Northbound exit only but no northbound entrance; southbound exit for E-Z Pass users only and southbound entrance will now be accessed from Main Street Extension
Raritan River 127.33 204.92 Driscoll Bridge
Woodbridge Township 128.0 206.0 127 US 9 north / Route 440 to I-287 – Woodbridge Township, Perth Amboy, Staten Island Signed as exit 129 southbound;
southbound exit via New Brunswick Avenue
129.50 208.41 128 129 I-95 / N.J. Turnpike – New York City, Trenton, Camden Exit 11 on I-95 / Turnpike; exit opened September 18, 1969[49]
129.50 208.41 US 9 / Route 440 to I-287 – Woodbridge Township, Perth Amboy, Staten Island Southbound exit only, northbound exit via exit 127
130.63 210.23 130 US 1 – Trenton, Newark Southbound exit and northbound entrance; signed as exit 130B (south/Trenton) and 130A (north/Newark)
131.33 211.36 131 Wood Avenue South (CR 649) Signed as exit 131A northbound
131.83 212.16 131B Metropark Access via CR 657, northbound exit and southbound entrance
131.97 212.39 131 132 Route 27 – Rahway, Metuchen Formerly exit 131 until March 2015[50]
Union Clark 136.22 219.22 135 Clark, Westfield Access via CR 613
Cranford 137.59 221.43 136 Linden, Roselle Access via CR 607 / CR 615
138.74 223.28 137 Route 28 – Roselle Park, Elizabeth, Cranford
Kenilworth 140.34 225.86 138 CR 509 – Kenilworth
Union Township 141.10 227.08 139A Roselle Park Northbound exit and entrance
139B Route 82 west – Union Signed as exit 140A (formerly 140) southbound
141.70 228.04 140 US 22 / Route 82 east – Elizabeth, Somerville, Hillside Signed as exit 140B (formerly 140A) southbound
142.10 228.69 141 Vauxhall Road (CR 630) – Union Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Hillside 142.66 229.59 Union Toll Plaza (northbound only)
142.80 229.81 142 142A I-78 east to N.J. Turnpike – Newark Airport, Newark, Holland Tunnel Toll (northbound exit and entrance only); southbound exit to I-78 east opened December 10, 2010
142.90 229.98 142 142B I-78 west – Springfield Toll (northbound exit and entrance only); northbound exit ramp to I-78 west opened September 16, 2009
143.00 230.14 142A 142C Hillside, Maplewood Access via North Union Avenue, northbound exit and southbound entrance
Essex Irvington 144.0 231.7 143 Springfield Avenue (CR 603) / Lyons Avenue (CR 602) – Irvington, Maplewood, Hillside Signed as exits 143A (Hillside), 143B (Maplewood) and 143C (Springfield) southbound
145.98 234.93 144 CR 510 (South Orange Avenue) Toll (northbound exit and southbound entrance)
East Orange 146.93–
147.15
236.46–
236.81
146 145 I-280 / CR 508 to N.J. Turnpike – The Oranges, Newark, Harrison Toll (on southbound entrance only); One way tolls at Exit 145 towards The Oranges started on July 26, 2018 at 10 pm.[51]); exit opened October 17, 1967[52]
148.44 238.89 147 Springdale Avenue – East Orange Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Bloomfield 149.2 240.1 148 CR 506 (CR 506 Spur / Bloomfield Avenue) Toll (northbound exit and southbound entrance)
150.22 241.76 148A 149 Belleville Avenue (CR 506) – Belleville, Glen Ridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance; formerly exit 148A until May 1967[53]
150.66 242.46 Essex Toll Plaza (southbound only)
151.1 243.2 149A 150 Hoover Avenue (CR 651) – Bloomfield, Belleville Northbound exit and southbound entrance; formerly exit 149A until May 1967[53]
152.45 245.34 151 Watchung Avenue (CR 655) – Nutley, Montclair Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance)
Passaic Clifton 154.06–
154.45
247.94–
248.56
153 Route 3 to US 46 west – Secaucus, Wayne Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance); signed as exits 153A (east) and 153B (west) northbound; no southbound access to Route 3 west, access to Meadowlands Sports Complex
155.91 250.91 154 US 46 – Clifton Toll (southbound exit and northbound entrance); exit opened December 30, 1958[54]
156.4 251.7 155P 155A Route 19 to I-80 west – Paterson Northbound exit and southbound entrance
156.68 252.15 155 155B Hazel Street (CR 702) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
158.19 254.58 156 US 46 / Route 20 / River Drive Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Bergen Elmwood Park 158.87 255.68 157 US 46 to Route 20 – Garfield, Elmwood Park Same directional movements only
Saddle Brook 160–
160.35
260–
258.06
159 I-80 – Saddle Brook, Paterson, George Washington Bridge Toll (on northbound exit only); northbound exit and southbound entrance. No direct northbound access to I-80 west
160.46 258.24 Bergen Toll Plaza (northbound only)
Paramus 161.53 259.96 160 To Route 208 (CR 62) – Fair Lawn, Hackensack Northbound exit and southbound entrance
161.88 260.52 161 Route 4 east – Paramus Northbound exit and southbound entrance
163.06 262.42 163 Route 17 south to Route 4 – Paramus, George Washington Bridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance, access to Meadowlands Sports Complex
163.29 262.79 Route 17 north – Mahwah Northbound exit and southbound entrance
164.94 265.45 165 Ridgewood, Oradell Access via CR 80, toll (northbound exit and southbound entrance); exit opened July 3, 1957[55]
165.93 267.04 166 Washington, Westwood Access via CR 110, southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit opened July 3, 1957[55]
Washington Township 166.25 267.55 Pascack Valley Toll Plaza (southbound only)
167.46 269.50 168 CR 502 – Washington, Westwood, Ho-Ho-Kus Northbound exit and southbound entrance; exit opened July 3, 1957[55]
Woodcliff Lake 170.15 273.83 171 Chestnut Ridge Road (CR S-73) – Woodcliff Lake Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Montvale 171.52 276.03 172 Grand Avenue (CR 94) – Montvale, Park Ridge Northbound exit and southbound entrance; exit opened July 3, 1957[55]
172.40 277.45 To I-87 / I-287 / New York Thruway Continuation into New York via the GSP Connector
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

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External links

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority & Garden State Parkway Official Website
  • History of the Garden State Parkway
  • "NJ Route 444" (PDF). (2.82 MB) Straight Line Diagram
  • Photos of the Garden State Parkway
  • New Jersey Expressways and Tollways
  • Garden State Parkway (NJ 444) (Greater New York Roads)
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