A view of a common NJ Turnpike toll booth taken at night. This one is at exit 10 entering the turnpike from I-287/NJ 440.
A typical New Jersey Turnpike neon sign. These things are really neat. When there is traffic (which there is), the top will read "REDUCE SPEED" and on the bottom, it will be lit whats ahead (e.g. construction, accident, fog, etc). Also to the right is a typical Jersey Turnpike changable speed limit sign. P.S. This sign should be lit!!
A GTE (General Traffic Equipment) signal on US 322 in Glassboro, NJ. GTE is a common signal in NJ and only used in NJ (except for some in NY)
Another GTE closeup. Aren't these beautiful??
Standard NJ truss arm assembly
Typical NJ mas arm assembly. US 9W in Fort Lee, NY (opposite side of NY City).
There is a lot to say about this installation. Well, for first, there is older 80's era Econolite "button backs". There aren't too many of these left in New Jersey. And the other thing about this, is that there is a doghouse. New Jersey doesn't use doghouses anymore. Most of the doghouses in New Jersey are starting to be replaced, yet here we found a survivor! This is on US 9W/Fletcher Ave. in Fort Lee.
A view of a typical NJ installation where both mast arms and truss arms are used leaving an interesting combination! Also the signals facing the side have backplates.
Backplates aren't too common in NJ, but from time to time, you will see them, infact, a lot of newer signals use them. Sorry for the sun glare.
Typical urban New Jersey signal using 8inch signal heads which I believe are Marbelite brand. NJ 44 in Gibbstown, NJ
This is a typical New Jersey style flashing beacon. Beacons are usually 2 sections that flash at the same time. Interesting because I think NJ only does it. NJ 44 in Gibbstown, NJ.
This is a really neat fire signal. I only have seen this in New Jersey. I am not sure on its sequence either. NJ 44 in Gibbstown, NJ.
Newer NJ signal using backplates. NJ 44 in Paulsboro, NJ.
Drawbridge signal on NJ 44 in Paulsboro, NJ using the older NJ signal "trombone" arms. Notice the bell under the right signal.
Route shields on NJ 44 in Paradise, NJ. Notice the county shield to the left. Notice how it has no writing. Usually on those shields, there is the county name at the top and the word "COUNTY" on the bottom. Typical Jersey site.
A new all GTE brand traffic signal intersection on US 9W near Fort Lee, NJ.
On US 30 goin east approaching NJ 38/70 and US 130 in Collingswood. US 30 in these parts has some low bridges so that explains the low clearence sign.
More US 30 east.
The split we see on US 30 east at NJ 38/70 and US 130 in Collingswood. An alternate to the New Jersey Turnpike from Philadelphia is taking NJ 38 hence the Turnpike shield on the left sign.
The next split seen on US 30 east.
Now on NJ 70 east we enter Cherry Hill approaching the NJ 38/70 split.
Browning Rd/Marlton Pike exit.
The first signal seen on NJ 70 going east in Cherry Hill. For about the next 14 miles you are in the heart of Cherry Hill and you come up to a bunch of signal intersections and stores along with a number of NJ's Jughandle intersections.
More wide mast armage.
Now at a couple of the more major roads on NJ 70, you'll come to a cloverleaf interchange like this one at Cuthbert Blvd.
More mix between truss and mast arms.
Though partly obscured by signal mast arms, we see here NJ 70 comes to the Penn Ave exit which is one out of many that provides U-turns.
Grove St. exit.
NJ 70 @ NJ 164/NJ 41.
NJ 70 comes to I-295. Unfortunetely, I didn't get a photo of the eastbound singage seen at the left because my camera decided to be a total @#$% and blurr out on me! But don't worry, later on I have westbound photos.
The bridge in the background goes over the New Jersey Turnpike.
Approaching Malkress Rd.
NJ 70 approaching the very complicated intersection at NJ 73 in Marlton.
A small guide sign is placed to direct traffic where to go at the intersection.
The intersection with NJTP signage to the left. Zoom in for a much better view. The signals were working but for some reason the LED's cometimes dont show up on it. Thats why they look like they are not working.
Typical Jersey street signage with no name county shield.
Here, NJ 70 narrows to a 2 lane undivided highway for the most part on the rest of its journey to the seacoast north of Toms River.
All mast arms here at Troth Rd in Marlton.
Here we come to the askewed intersection of NJ 70 and Old Marlton Pike.
More NJ 70
Aaaaand, more NJ 70.
Here in Red Lion, you come up to the NJDOT (New Jersey Department of Transportation) maintenance yard.
In Red Lion, NJ 70 intersects US 206 with a traffic circle.
US 206 south exit from the circle.
Here is the NJ 70 east exit off of the circle with an old school overhead light for the green sign. Also notice the Garden State Parkway (GSP) shield next to NJ 70. Many more GSP shields to come.
A signal in the middle of the NJ Pine Barrens on NJ 70 east of Red Lion.
Typical view of the rural sections of NJ 70.
more NJ 70
NJ 70 approaching the NJ 72 traffic circle. This sign is also a typical traffic circle sign in Jersey. Pretty cool in my opinion! Good also that there is a 1/2 mile advance warning since traffic can get pretty heavy here.
More circle signage.
And after many warnings, right at the circle it finally tells you whats at the circle!
The circle itself.
NJ 70 east exit off of the circle
Magnolia Rd exit from the circle. Notice the older green signs to the right telling you what bridges there are into Pennsylvania.
NJ 70 west exit off of the circle.
Here is the NJ 72 east exit off of the circle. NJ 72 is a 28 mile route sprinting from the middle of the pine barrens and onto Long Beach Island. NJ 72's western end is here.
First out of very little milage signs on NJ 72. This was right after the last sign.
Typical view of NJ 72 with a straight road. Believe me, there are much more straight parts of the road than this.
more NJ 72.
The road to Batsto, NJ via county route 563!
CR 563 intersection.
A lone NJ 72 shield literally in the wild.
More shots of the road. This was taken while passing another vehicle (lots of chances on this road!)
more of the road. This truly looks like the deep south!
Now into the more open areas of the pine barrens.
Abandonned and old/unused billboards are a common site as you get closer to the shore on NJ 72.
Up here is a little split direction for how to get to the GSP faster.
Towns going to the right.
The intersection. Sorry for the messed up view. Better photos later on going the other way.
More abandonned billboards (these looked kinda neat!)
I dunno why but I always notice Ivy Rd while on this road.
Now entering the outskirts of Manahawkin where the straight roads and two way passing zones end.
Closeuo of the signals in the previous photo. It is also rare BTW to put a LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN by a signal in New Jersey.
NJ 72 @ Mermaid Dr. You know your getting close to the shore when you see street names that has to do with the ocean and maritime.
NJ 72 and Nautilus Dr in Manahawkin. Thats the GSP in the background.
Recovery Rd is the way to go to get onto the GSP south from here.
And here are the signs to prove so!
Approaching the northbound ramp to GSP.
This is actually a typical GSP entrance sign. Kinda neet in my opinion.
Approaching US 9 in Manahawkin.
US 9 split.
The FIRST bridge out of 4 to get to Long Beach Island.
The back bay behind the island.
The third bridge.
I couldn't get a photo of the fourth bridge unfortunately, so here is the first signal you see (Barnegat Ave) on Long Beach Island on NJ 72 going east.
Closeup of a 3M in the prevous photo.
Looking down the Barnegat Ave. This would also be a typical street view of the streets that are west of Long Beach Blvd on Long Beach Island.
2nd signal at Central Ave. Up ahead would mark the east end of NJ 72.
This is probably one of the only evidence that Long Beach Blvd (the main road on Long Beach Island) is CR 607.
Lookin south on Long Beach Blvd in Ship Bottom with the water tower to the right.
Here is a typical Long Beach Island traffic signal intersection. They typically just have two four way cluster heads (8 inch) on each side of the highway. They resemble Michigan instillation except there isn't one of those case signs in the middle of the wire. Older brands include McCain and LFE poly and newer include TCT/Peek. Long Beach Island BTW is the only place in New Jersey I know of that uses span wire signals!
Dual span wires. The ones to the right are for the boulavard and the ones to the left are for the parking lot street for the stores to the left.
You guessed it: more signals. Hey, I like the look!
Now there are some intersections on the island that do have truss arms, but very little. This just happens to be one of the few.
More signals and also shows a straight shot of the boulevard.
Haha, this was a funny name so I put it in!
Closeup of the LFE signals in the photos 2 photos ago.
Closeup. Notice the safety chains on the hanger. This is typical on LBI's signals since the weather gets bretty windy and bad here at times.
And... more signals.
Closeup with more safety chains!
Signals with the Peahala Park water tower to the right.
And here we are at some truss arms!
And some of them nice span wires!
Here is a typical view of one of the smaller and less crowded streets that run along the coast of the island. Speed limit is 25 since all of the peds and byciclists on the road.
Displayed on the coast roads in the previous photo are these signs. These are posted at the streets that have traffic signals at the Long Beach Blvd intersections. These help motorists locate signals so its easier for them to get onto the boulavard with all the heavy traffic.
Coastal evacuation signs are common along the boulavard to help motorists find their way off the island incase of one of those major coastal storms that enter the island during parts of the year.
Approaching NJ 72 on the boulavard.
A nice closeup of the sign in the previous photo.
Signal on the boulavard at NJ 72 which marks the eastern end of NJ 72.
Sign for NJ 72.
North of NJ 72 on the island, the boulavard narrows to two lanes with parking to the sides since population decreases the farther north. Signals are also have incandesent bulbs like these north of 72.
Older Durasig brand signals.
Closeup of the Durasigs.
Now onto one of the coastal streets on the island we come to a lone and fairly uncrowded intersection.
NJ 72 signage.
NJ 72 BTW is the only road to and from the island so imagine traffic on here when a storm is abrewin!
I kinda like the look of the evac sign, soooooo...
First milage sign on NJ 72 and we are aleavin the island!
Approaching the GSP on NJ 72 west.
BARNACLE DRIVE on NJ 72 west.
No kidding! Sand is a common site along NJ 72.
Entering the Pinelands National Reserve.
Approaching CR 610/532
The intersection. Notice the solar power signals in the background.
Trust me, they mean it!
Here a the CR 539 with a much better view than before.
And some typical NJDOT signage.
Yup, a typical striaghtaway. Takin while passin some other car.
This is probably my favorite view to show the typical views of NJ 72. That was the car that we passed BTW :)
More striaghtaways and your still seein that coastal evac signs.
CR 532 intersection.
An old railroad bridge. I dunno, I like the look.
Approaching CR 563
The intersection with unnesessary CR signage ontop of the green sign!
NJ 72 approaching the New Jersey Department of Corrections (oh boy!)
Approaching the NJ 70 circle which marks the end of NJ 72
Typical NJ to install signs like this.
More approach and more evac signs.
NJ 70! Notice the XL size of the JCT sign. Typical NJDOT.
More circle signs!
This is an old one. This is cool, it diagrams how to enter the circle :)
You know NJ 72 ends when you see a mile 0 sign.
New Lisbon exit off of the NJ 70/72 circle
I got photos of this earlier on, but I felt like getting it again :)
NJ 70 west exit.
An older sign sharing the painfull truth.
Lookee like the south!
I found these names quite odd for some reason.
NJ 70 west approaching Huntington Dr.
Got a view of how NJ seems to install their signals in the middle of nowhere. But with traffic, its much needed.
New Rd but with older signals! The signals facing the side streets are older Eagle Alusig brand signals.
Good thing they put this here. NJ 70 drivers are REALLY aggressive.
NJ 70 east approaching the US 206 circle in Red Lion.
Approaching US 206. I think they should stop the coastal evac signage since your about to enter the Philadelphia metro area.
The circle with a wig wag flasher to the left.
Either way, you head toward the Turnpike. Notice the circle arrow signs. These are actually typical for directing drivers to roads in New Jersey! This is at the US 206 west exit off of the circle.
The US 206 west exit that shamefully lacks signage for US 206 west!
NJ 72 west exit lacking more signs!
A good list of cities here on NJ 72 west just after the US 206 circle.
Askewed intersection of NJ 70 and the old Marlton Pike.
This is pretty cool: an intersection of all 12-12-12-12 signals! These are typical at some areas on NJ actually!
NJ 70 at the complicated intersection of NJ 73. Now we are at the wider sections of NJ 70.
NJTP with circle signs!
I took this for the GSHS which Im sure stands for Garden State Highway Signs. I got a nice tour of that place!
Wide angle shot.
Now we enter BGSville.
A nice closeup of the buttoncopyness.
Here we approach I-295 on NJ 72 going west.
More I-295/NJ 70 signage. Notice the control city "Phila" on the NJ 70 sign to the left. NJDOT likes to abbreviate the longer town names on the signs. Don't they ever think of the out of towners?
I-295 south exit.
Here is an ugly looking shield that is pretty common in New Jersey. The sign on the bottom I think means that trucks over 102 tons permitted. Though what do i know?
Approaching exit 32 on I-295 south.
Approaching exit 32 and 31.
approaching exit 31
Missing a sign anyone?
Approaching exit 30
Approaching exit 30 and 29.
Approaching exit 28. Since NJ 168 intersection the NJTP, the green sign gets a shield for it.
Approaching exit 28
exit 28 and also approaching exit 26. The interchange of I-296 and I-76 is very dangerous and curvy so a warning sign is in place for vehicles to slow down.
Approaching I-76. At this exit, you go to Philadelphia via the Walt Whitman Bridge.
The split. Speeds do need to reduce to 35 M.P.H. because the curve is really bad up ahead.
A small green sign is used to introduce drivers to the next exit.
Signs don't lie, that is the actual shape of the curve!
And here we are! The infamous curve! This flashing arrow sign is really needed, drivers do blast around this curve.
Now out of the curve we come up to NJ 42 with a bigger and better sign.
And the next split!
Milage sign seen on I-295 south after the I-76/NJ 42 interchange.
Approaching exit 25's with the shield to the left of the text! Oi!
approaching exit 25B
Exit 25A and also approaching exit 24's
exit 24A and also approaching exit 23
Typical NJDOT sign to basically indicate construction ahead.
Newer signs for the c/d roadway
approaching exit 22
the split on the c/d roadway
Approaching exit 22. Notice the large sign indicating the lane ending. Typical in NJ.
The signal off of exit 22 off of I-295 south.
Closeup of some of the signals in the previous photo. Notice the lack of the word INTERSTATE on the I-295 shield. Kinda odd NJDOT would do that.
After the signal at exit 22, we come to another split and an exit to NJ 44.
A view from a frontage road along I-295 south.
Signals in Paulsboro.
This would mark the beginning of NJ 44 south.
And on NJ 44 south we come to a street that leads to I-295/US 130.
Louvered signals in Paulsboro.
And, now in Gibbstown.
A tall stack of shields that where in the previous photo.
A neat looking draw bridge on NJ 44 in Gibbstown, NJ.
Trumpet signals! These next few intersections where recaps going the other way from the first photos of this album.
Downtown Gibbstown scene.
Closeup of some of the backplated signals in the previous pic.
I kind of like the look of the LED's
Neet looking fire signal for the Gibbstown Fire Dept on NJ 44 south.
Typical NJ flasher in Gibbstown.
And the last Gibbstown signal going south.
On NJ 44 south approaching US 130 south.
At US 130/I-295 north.
And in Bridgeport, we reach another I-295/US 130 intersection!
This ancient sign is on US 322 east just over the Commodore Barry Bridge. This looks to be a 1970's (not sure on the year) spec
"WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY" sign! It is definetely original to when the Commodore Barry Bridge was built. The circle ontop of the sign is what I think may be the state seal. This is one of the only ones left in NJ!
US 322 eastbound just after the Commodore Barry Bridge and the previous photo in Bridgeport. Common New Jersey welcome signage.
A little bit down the road on US 322, is another common NJ Turnpike approach with a common Atlantic City Expressway shield (the shield looks like a life saver with a red flag in the center, pretty neat). Someone should really fix that sign there.
US 322 east now at the Turnpike. This is a common NJ Turnpike enterance sign included with a gas prohibtion. Notice that cool looking arrow. More of that style to come!
Older speed limit enforcement sign on the ramp from US 322 to the Turnpike. Nowadays, this would be a white sign with black text.
Now on the actual Turnpike. The Turnpike has some of the most interesting signs you will ever encounter. It is common to see the exit number on the same line as the distance to the exit and normally, there is no exit tab. The shields don't get a black backround like the rest of the freeway signs on the rest of the freeways in NJ get because the road isn't maintained by the state. Another odd feature is that "MILES" isn't spelled out, it just says "MI."
More exit 3 signage but this time with different control cities. These destinations should really be on auxiliary signs because they are not cities, one is a road and one is a bridge.
exit 3, where not everything is common. The "THRU TRAFFIC" sign would be typical, but normally "THRU TRAFFIC" is on the same line, "NEXT EXIT 8 MILES" is also on the same line, and there should be 2 through arrows. Other than that, the text is normal. On the exit 3 sign, all is common, except the 3 should be aligned with "EXIT". The arrow on the right is unique to the Turnpike. I call it the snake arrow.
Common exit gore signage, but normally the arrow is curved. Exit gore signage is not at the gore itself, it is overhead above the ramp, which is another odd feature to the Turnpike.
approaching exit 4 with bold font that is sometimes common with shields along both the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway (both roads are maintained by the NJ Turnpike Authority).
On the Turnpike south of the car/truck lane split in Cranberry, the lodging info signs are commonly seen approaching each exit. Food and gas aren't listed because the Turnpike already has service plazas.
more exit 4
signs at exit 4. The sign on the left is the typical thru traffic sign while the exit 4 sign should have all the info including the route and the control cities instead of having it act like a gore sign.
The actual exit 4 gore sign. This one should have a right/up snake arrow, not a down pointing thru arrow.
Typical Turnpike service area approach signs. On the Turnpike, the service area's aren't named after the town they are in, they are named after famous New Jersey people, where in this case, a famous Burlington, NJ author. Before the service areas had names, they were numbered.
Common Turnpike highway advisory info sign.
And vuala! The famous Turnpike neon "REDUCE SPEED" signs! Yup, these are neon, and still active! When an incident happens on the Turnpike, the top line will read "REDUCE SPEED" (sometimes it flashes, sometimes it doesn't) and under, one of the messages will light up depending on what is going (the messages are construction, accident, congestion, ice, snow, and fog) on and sometimes it will read how far up ahead it is depending on where you are. Though this is mounted on pedestals, these are commonly overhead next to a variable speed limit sign (photo coming!).
Now at the J. Fenimore Cooper service area. Typical service area signage but older ones lack the service graphics.
The area gore sign.
Approaching exit 5.
More exit 5 but this time lacking Westampton.
Older buttoncopy exit 5 signage. Now, we see what a true Turnpike exit gantry looks like.
And now, a common Turnpike gore sign.
Exit 6 on the New Jersey Turnpike looking north. This isn't a typical NJ Tpk sign. Usually the sign is over head and on the left there is a thru traffic sign with thru arrows. Als there is a bit of an error here. It says that if you get off at this exit, you will immediatly be on I-276 and US 130, so it should say "TO" over both the shields. You won't get onto I-276 until you go over the Delaware River and into PA. Also US 130 only intersects the road off of here. The road off of there is known as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension.
Approaching exit 7
Common Turnpike auxiliary signage. The Turnpike does it differently where it doesn't have the destinations then the exit, but instead it says "EXIT XX FOR", and then the info.
exit 7. The arrow on the right sign is patched on because the previous arrow fell off.
These are seen all along the New Jersey Turnpike south of the truck/car lanes split in Cranbury, NJ. What this is basically saying is that the center roadway divider has a gap where cops can pull in and either u-turn or stop and watch for speeding vehicles.
Approaching exit 7A with older buttoncopy signs. Yes, the sign did used to be green!
Newer signs for 7A and for some reason, Shore Points is capitalized.
Exit 7A with some really old buttoncopy signs that lost all of their reflectivity!
Closeup of the signs taken at another date. You will see that the sign has lost all of it's reflectivity and some of the botton copy on the right sign looks like it will come off soon. Heck, the sign on the left is starting to loose its paint! I also wonder what Shore Points is patched over.
Now the older exit 7A gore signage. This gives a look to see how the gore signs once looked like. The only thing that looks different is the size of the arrow.
I know, not a road photo, but I have never seen an Alaska plate on a car before.
approaching exit 8.
exit 8. The thing to notice here is the cramped text and the lack of an NJ 33 shield on the right sign.
In Cranbury, the Turnpike splits into car and truck lanes to relieve congestion. The sign here is actually an old fashioned variable message sign! When another message needs to be displayed, each line on the sign will flip to make one message. These happen to be unique to the Turnpike and are only seen on the section with the car/truck lanes. The messages will only change when one of the roadways needs to be shut down. Though within a few years, the car/truck lanes will be extended down to exit 6 and all these old flippables will be replaced :(.
More old flippables!
Now at the actual split with newer flippables that lack buttoncopy.
exit 8A with a different style of "THRU TRAFFIC" sign.
This is what the Turnpike looks like once above exit 8A. You can see how much has changed.
This has got to be my favorite sign on the Turnpike (design wise that is)! What does this sign mean? Well, it means there is going to be a split between the barrier with the car/truck lanes, which is only used by police, NJTA workers, etc. South of the car/truck lanes, the the signs, instead of a Z, there are two sideways "U's" facing away from eachother. The 1000 means 1000 feet away.
Auxiliary signage for exit 9.
approaching exit 9. North of the car/truck lane split, the freeway signs are in the barrier between the car and truck lanes.
More exit 9 signs and typical Turnpike neon reduce speed signs with those variable speed limit signs I mentioned.
Kinda far away but here is what the signs look like at the exits on the car/truck lanes. Basically, this is dual signage. The thru traffic signs are obviously older than the exit 9 signs.
A closeup of the exit 9 gore sign. BUTTONCOPY!!
Approching exit 11 (sorry, I missed exit 11, but it was for I-287 and NJ 440). What this sign lacks is a US 9 shield. This photo shows how freeway signs look on how to deal with both the car and truck lanes.
Exit 11 (shown on the car lane side) but here it is missing a thru traffic sign (though there is one up at the actual along with a gore sign)
Approaching exit 12 with older neon signs and a BGS that lost all of its reflectivity! All of the exit 12 signs do actually and they appear to be black in person.
Exit 12. Here, the exit 12 sign is the only old thing left on this gantry.
Exit 12 gore sign with more unreflective, buttoncopy goodness.
Approaching exit 13 for I-278, which is the main road to take if you wanted to head out to Staten and Long Island.
Old neon sign with a variable speed limit that would be common except for the reflective yellow backplate around it which is probably there because 1) the lane ends ahead and 2) we are entering the metro NYC area.
More exit 13. What I think the sign needs is a control city for Staten and Long Island.
More exit 13 signage with the same info as the approach sign.
Approaching exit 13A, which is the main exit to take to the Newark Airport (well this and exit 14). What the sign needs is an NJ 18 and a US 1-9 shield.
More exit 13A signage along with more neon!
exit 13A. I am not too sure what the blank space on the bottom of the exit 13A signage is meant for. Also notice how the thru traffic arrows do not point to 3 lanes, but only one.
exit 13A gore sign and again cannot explain the blank space.
Approaching all the exit 14's on the Turnpike. For the sign info, this is the last old exit 14 sign on the turnpike. See, the shields are different from what it was. The first shield changeout, was the change from buttoncopy shields to reflective shields. Then recently, a US 9 shield was added to the bunch (the 9 shield has a black background while the others don't). For the sign info, exit 14 is the only exit listed that is actually on the mainline turnpike. 14A-B-C are on I-78 east of the turnpike. You see, the last few miles of I-78 from here to the Holland Tunnel is maintained by the Turnpike Authority and known as the NJ Turnpike Newark Bay Extension. Exit 14A leads to NJ 440 and Bayonne, 14B leads into Jersey City, and 14C (unsigned on I-78) are the side streets/signal intersections AND the Holland Tunnel in downtown Jersey City (yes, there are traffic signals on I-78, and I can't tell you how much traffic has to deal with those).
And a sign pretty much telling all the info I just explained.
A modern sign for the exit 14s. What is to note here are the black background shields, a strict NJDOT policy, not a Turnpike Authority policy, so this could be a contractor error.
Exit 14. Sorry for the truck (northern Jersey eh?) in the way, this IS the truck lane. But the control cities didn't change so its not like it mattered.
Now a vew of the tall gore sign for the exit 14s.
A view of the sign gantry seen on the ramp from the turnpike to I-78. Also notice how they abbreviate Newark as New'k, which I find kinda suspicious...
Here is the Turnpike approaching a split. This time, this is an actual split in the Turnpike. From Newark up to around Ridgefield, the Turnpike is split into two branches, which are both signed I-95 but here it doesn't show it because the western branch is the faster through route. The eastern branch is known as route 95 while the western is 95W. The western branch is the newer one, so that is why it won the suffix. All of the exits on the west branch have the W suffix and the east branch exits have the E suffix (which the exception of the recent 15X for the Secaucus Rail Station). These flippables will change when either one roadway has to be shut down or there is a sporting event on the west branch (the Meadowlands sports complex is located along the west branch which contains most of the NYC sports teams).
Getting closer to the split with this time the left sign getting a Meadowlands sports complex logo.
A far away view of all 3 gantries at the split on 3 different roadways. The left road is the car lanes, the center is the truck lanes, and the right is a road coming from I-78.
The split. It puzzles me why I-95 isn't signed here on the eastern branch sign. I mean, US 46 somehow is and that exit is after when the two branches meet again in Ridgefield.
On the Turnpike west branch (lets just call this 95W, since that is what its reference is) approaching exit 15W. There is a 15E, but its on the east branch (now do you see where the suffixes come from? OK, its not that hard to figure out).
95W. The east branch is on the right.
Exit 15W. This is the east end of I-280. The flippable will change when there is a sporting event going on at the sports complex ahead.
Approaching exit 16W. This would be the main exit to go to during sporting events.
Just incase you werent paying attention to the signs back at the split where signs were telling you to take the east branch for the Lincoln Tunnel, here is your chance to recover. Just take NJ 3 east through Secaucus to NJ 495 east and that will take you to the tunnel.
More exit 16W signs but with an exit only tab blocked by a truck! The thru traffic sign is off because instead of telling you how many miles the next exit up ahead is, it just tells you to keep left.
exit 16W. This is the only time when I have seen the thru traffic sign have a distance with a fraction in it. I am also not too sure what the VMS sign to the right will say.
exit 16W with a multilane gore sign and an odd thru traffic sign.
Sorry for the long distance shot (zoom in if you must), but this shows signs for the upcoming toll plaza. The diagrammicle sign to the right is common for all of the E-ZPASS exprass tolls along the Turnpike.
The split. The VMS sign to the left is an all LED sign for the express lanes but it wouldnt show on my camera. Sad.
The toll plaza. The lane signage is typical Turnpike.
95W approaching I-80 (and where both branches meet up again). This is actually one of the only warnings for the I-80 exit. Notice how the shield signs aren't part of the flippables (why are the flippables here anyway??). Well, the shields actually did used to be part of the signs, until recently. I guess the Turnpike Authority thought the shields on the flippables were too small (which they were, you would have to squint to get a decent look at them), so they installed shield signs ontop of the whole flippable sign, which did work out.
95W at I-80 which should be a multilane exit due to it leading to a busy interstate. Ahead is where the east and west branch meet back up again.
First signs for the actual US 46 exit (which used to be the original north end of the Turnpike which would kinda explain the lack of exit number here). The old buttoncopy to the left is a leftover of a recent sign upgrade on this corridor of the Turnpike.
More US 46 signs. The top line of the flippable to the left used to carry I-95 and Turnpike shields before the Turnpike Authoridy greened them out and installed bigger signs because they were to small.
US 46 exit.
Approaching exit 70. A George Washington Bridge (aka the GWB) VMS to the left displays any info on the bridge. The roadway divides ahead for the local and express lanes to the GWB. The top level of the GWB (its a 2 level suspension bridge) is accessed by the express lines while the local lanes (which lead to the remaining Turnpike exits). Oh, and why did the exit numbers suddenly get high? HISTORY LESSON! Those are NJDOT numbers. You see, the numbers would have corrisponed with the Somerset Freeway, which was cancelled and was supposed to be I-95 from Edison, NJ to the current east end of Trenton I-95 (which explains the gap).
Signs showing exit 68 and how I-80 is split into local and express lanes.
The only way to get to I-87 in New York, is to take the local lanes and the lower level of the GWB, which means if you are a hazmat vehicle, you must have to make somesort of U-turn in NYC.
Sign for the upcoming local/express lane split. If you take the express lanes, you will automatically takin to the GWB upper level (though, you will have to pay a toll first and deal with AWFUL traffic). If you go local, you can access the remaining Turnpike exits before the bridge.
The split. Also, at this I-80 interchange, is the east end of the 2,899 mile I-80! The other end is in San Francisco!
approaching exit 71
Just before the bridge, the local lanes get another change to get onto the upper level (all trucks are forced onto the upper level).
Exit 72 is the last exit on the Turnpike.
More split signage but this time with a VMS under it which usually tells you how much time to get over the bridge on the two levels.
First sign for exit 72. There is no direct connection from the northbound Turnpike to the Palisades Interstate Parkway (aka the PIP), so you have to go onto US 9W north to it and it should say "TO" next to the PIP shield.
Now at the actual split with this time the VMS is lit. No trucks are permitted onto the lower level.
Exit 72. Zoom in to get a better view of the PIP shield (that is a maple leaf on top BTW).
Exit 73 is the last exit on the Turnpike and accesses downtown Fort Lee.
Signs at the top of the exit 72 ramp for all routes accessed by the interchange. There really should be some direction tabs on here. Of note here is the US 1-9 shield. Well that shield represents US 1 and US 9. See, they multiplex for about 30 miles (here is the north end of the multiplex) and to save money on shields, NJDOT combined them into one shield. They are seen all along the multiplex.
More US 1-9 and US 46 shields. Older signs include the ampersand rather than the hyphen. This is on US 9W north in Fort Lee.
This really old sign is on US 9W at the ramp to the PIP northbound. The hyphen hasn't been used on 9W shields for decades so this sign is about 20-30 years old. It could be one of the only left.
These old Econolite buttonback signals can be seen at the beginning of this album, so you can scroll up to see those. This gives detail to how much the paint has worn off on them.
An even closer view of one of the same signals at the same intersections. Heck, the 8-8-8-12-12 signal is starting to be hard to find in NJ.
Skim on down to the south part of "Joisy". This is on NJ 42 south around Bellmawr approaching NJ 55. This is locally known as the 42 freeway. This lone pull through BGS is one of the only ones I know of that has a township on a BGS control city.
approaching exits 13 and 12.
Exit 13. NJ 55 is the main freeway down to Vineland and the south Jersey seashore.
approaching exit 12
exit 12 and approaching exit 10B
Zoom on down to Turnersville where the last few miles of the 42 freeway are maintained by the South Jersey Transportation Authority (aka the SJTA). This is the first sign for the upcoming Atlantic City Expressway (we will call it the ACE for short).
More ACE approach signage. This traffic is the typical Jersey shore summer delay.
More split signage. This is one of the worst fonts I have ever seen on a freeway sign. Is that arial? Helvetica? All I know is that it shouldn't be used.
Different stype of approach signs. This time with 2 ACE shields.
NJ 42 continues south to Williamstown while the ACE branches to the southeast to Atlantic City. This is technically NJDOT signage on a road maintained by SJTA.
A way to small little green sign is used for exit 7.
The ACE has a bridge clearance, so there aren't many trucks on the ACE.
Hey, the SJTA has even welcomed you to their main highway!
The SJTA also operates the Atlantic City International Airport, which can be accessed by exit 9.
approaching exit 41, the ACE's first exit going east. What is odd about the ACE, is that exit numbers decrease going east, and increase going west while normally it is the opposite. I guess it has to do with beach travelers counting down their exits until they get to Atlantic City.
More exit 41. This is the last sign before the exit.
Exit 41 istelf. On the ramp in the background is a typical ACE ramp plaza.
Just after exit 41, is this distance sign to Atlantic City. What would be helpful is the distance to the Garden State Parkway (aka the GSP or commonly the parkway) since 3/4 of the summer traffic on the ACE exits off at the parkway.
Approaching exit 38 where things start to become substandard. Lets first start us off by saying that the SPUR 536 shield is suppossed to be Crounty Route (CR) route 536 SPUR. And yes, that is a county route in the shape of a square, when it is technically supposed to be the standard pentagon. Second, the corners are way too rounted. The exit tab looks like a stretched oval. Third, the control city is in all caps! Coming up, you will see that a lot of the ACE's signage is in all capital leters. AND Fourth, the exit tabs are in the center when they should be to the right.
Right before exit 38 is this sign welcoming you to the ACE and mentioning the SJTA commissioners.
Sorry for the blurriness, but that is the exit 38 sign.
Exit 38 gore sign. Typical ACE gore sign with another common ramp plaza in the background.
Pinelands National Reserve welcome sign just after exit 38.
A not too common food service sign seen before exit 33.
Exit 33. More all caps!
Exit 33 gore and ramp plaza.
The first sign seen for the Farley service plaza on the ACE. The Farley plaza is a common stop for beach goers during the summer and can be really packed at times. And, what the heck is that font on the sign??
Atlantic City 30 mile advance sign.
Approaching exit 28. One thing to note about the ACE's signage, is that most are mounted on very short poles and are low to the ground. So if you are in the far left lane during heavy congestion, it can be challenging to read the signs.
A sign advertising SJTA's expressway maintnance at exit 28.
Exit 28. Sorry for the blurriness. Now, why is the NJ 54 shield in between the two control cities?
A second sign for the Farley Plaza.
A sign advertising the NJ State Police at the Farley Plaza. You may need to zoom in to get a better view.
More Farley Plaza signs but this time a small yellow sign saying the plaza is in the middle of the ACE.
Gore signage for the Farley Plaza.
A zoom in shot. The ACE eastbound is in the background. This shows a typical wrong way assembly that can be found at any exit ramps along the ACE. The SJTA really wants you to not go the wrong way. Kinda neat IMHO.
Ok, here is the back of the gore sign at the Farley Plaza. The reason I took this was to show how extensively the SJTA uses wood on their signs.
This small blue guide sign is seen at the parking lot in the Farley Plaza.
Back onto the ACE east, we see a very small sign for the upcoming plaza. SJTA really must resent overhead signs, because this one should be overhead, and bigger.
More toll approach. Why is the sign blue and not yellow???
First sign for the upcoming exit 17.
More toll signs.
The SJTA charges each vehicle more money depending on how much axles your vehicle is. Please SJTA, raise the height of the sign posts, this one is at the guard rail level.
Right after the toll plaza is exit 17
The toll itself.
Closer view. If you zoom in, you will see that the toll booths have a red tint!
A closeup of the E-ZPASS signal and sign. Whats to note here is the signal. First, the two 12" signals are green and yellow while the small 8" section on top is red. The signal dates to before the ACE had E-ZPASS because there never was to be a flashing yellow. I think the 8" section should be the flashing yellow IMHO. Oh and if you zoom in, you will see that the doors of the 12" signal is an old Crouse Hinds art deco!
Exit 17. The NJ 50 shield should be more toward the center of the sign.
For those wanting to by-pass heavy traffic, NJ 50 is an alternate to the south Jersey beaches.
Approaching exit 14 but now with a few changes. First, exit tab is to the right, so thats a start! Second, the corners of the sign are now squared, instead of round.
Alright, the TWP. should be on the same line as the name of the township. These signs should really be organized better.
Approaching exit 12 with an extra wide US 40 shield.
Exit 12. Downsize that arrow son!
Approaching exit 9 with a more normal looking sign. Now, the county route shield is at a right shape (including the county name and the actual word "COUNTY"). Oh and look, right aligned exit tabs!
A sign that was seen earlier on the ACE, but now toward the actual exit. Oh, and the exit 9 tab should be part of the main sign.
One thing to note here is that "NEXT RIGHT" is actually bigger than the control cities. Really??
Finally! Recognition for the parkway!
A look at the exit 9 ramp tolls. Zoom in to get a better look.
A sign that is seen about a mile before the Garden State Parkway interchange.
As we get closer and closer to the shore, we see a sign for the shore attractions.
First sign informing the parkway interchange. A few odd things about this sign. First, too many ampersands. Second, there are NO control cities, just the name of the road and what direction it travels. Third, "1 MILE" appears to be larger than the rest of the sign text. Fourth, for the exit tab, wouldn't it be better to write EXIT 7S-N to save space?
The thing to note here, is that instead of saying EXIT 7S, the signs leave out the word EXIT and just right 7S.
One of the only overheard signs that is on the actual ACE (besides the few that are in Atlantic City itself). Things to note. First, EXIT 7S on the right sign should be on an exit tab. Second, the left sign is supposed to have 2 through arrows! Just switch the ACE shields with arrows and the arrow with an ACE shield.
More exit 7S signs (there is barely any recognition for exit 7N). NEXT RIGHT appears to be just as large (may be larger) as the control cities. Also, 7S on the exit tab, looks to be smaller than the word EXIT.
More signs just like the previous sign, just with a dash in 7S.
Alright, how about instead of listing every south Jersey beach on these signs, we just come up with the control city of "South Jersey Beaches"?
Gore point sign for exit 7S.
Now, we merge onto the Garden State Parkway (aka the parkway and is maintained by the NJ Turnpike Authority, though the signs are very different from the parkway than the turnpike). This is at exit 47. The Atlantic City tab below appears to be an add on (US 40/322 act as an alternate to the ACE into Atlantic City).
Parkway south approaching exit 36. The exit tabs on the parkway appear to be squished.
US 9's Beesley Point Bridge is closed for reconstruction. Zoom in to get a closeup of the hideous US 9 shields.
Approaching exit 30.
A random VMS sign on the parkway.
Sign directing traffic to Ocean City. I think the reason why this is orange, is because that there are alternate exits due to construction.
NJ 52's bridge into Ocean City has a weight limit so a detour is set up for vehicles who exceed that limit.
A better view of the UGLY US 9 shields that are on the Beeley Point Bridge detour sign. Ok, these US 9 shields look like police badges!
Approaching the GREAT EGG toll plaza on the parkway. SHOW ME THE GREAT EGG! It is called that because the toll is before a bridge over the Great Egg Harbor Bay.
Evidence the parkway is maintained by the NJ Turnpike authority is that Turnpike spec E-ZPASS signs are on the parkway toll approaches.
An exact change machine is also a feature to the parkway. Another unique thing is that the lane for it is signed with a flashing green ball!
The toll booth itself. One of the many mainline plazas along the parkway. This is a southbound only plaza also.
approaching exit 25.
Now off of the parkway, we come to the intersection of the ramp and CR 623.
Truss arm goodness at the same intersection.
Here is a good closeup of a typical parkway entrance sign, exact shape (depending on direction) and design. I like it!
SR 623 east at the parkway northbound ramp.
Closeup view of the signals. NJ occasionally uses backplates, but not always.
In downtown Ocean City. CR 623 at Bay Ave. The NJ 52 bridge detour is signed at the right. And oh look, an alternate detour of the detour!
A closeup of one of the signals at the previous intersection. I like how the backplate goes around the signal perfectly!
SR 623 now at West Ave.
Closeup of the detour assembly that can be seen in the previous photo. Helvetica invades this shield. AGH!
Now at Asbury Ave.
And now at Central Ave. The dead end at the beach entrance is at that small house ahead.
A closeup of one of the signals in the previous photo. The plate at the bottom of the backplate is part of the bracket on the signal behind this one!
Downtown Ocean City. This is one of the only places where I think I have seen Eagle Durasigs in New Jersey.
Intersection of Wesley Rd and Battersea Rd in northern Ocean City.
Closeup of some of the signals in the previous photo. T/Cons here!
More T/Cons at the same intersection!
NJ 152 east entering Margate City (home to Lucy the Elephant!). Here is the traditional NJ trombone signal arm! This is at the east end of NJ 152.
More trombone signals! These are along Wesley Ave and 6th St in Ocean City.
Now at 8th St.
Now at 9th St. Now, we see newly installed all black stylized signals.
Closer view of the signals. Note the thick backplate.
Now on Market St westbound at 7th St in downtown Camden. A lot of trombone mast arms are still around in the city (a lot are even new!).
Market St at Broadway Turnpike in Camden.
Market St and 5th St in Camden. The buildings in the background are accross the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA.
Market St at 4th St in Camden with more modern truss arm signals.
Market St at 4th St in Camden, with Camden's own version of the tram signal. The 16" McCain pedestrian signal has its own tram signal. The horizontal bar means stop, diagnal means the same thing as a yellow light on a standard traffic signal (the tram signals operate like normal signals), and verticle bar means go.
Market St at Delaware Ave in Camden with another tram signal. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is on the bottom left.
Typical new city installed signs for Camden's two major highways: I-676 and US 30. Camden did a pretty good job on these whereas a lot of cities have a funky shape shield and helvetica font.
Camden's tram signal on go.
What do I like most about Camden's signs? The fact that they install replicas of original 1950s interstate shields! Yup, this 18"x18" shield isn't original to I-676, but Camden was able to install replicas of original shields. There are many of these scattered throughout the city, and this specific one is at the corner of Clinton St and 3rd St.
Camden even installs truss arms for those small tram signals. This is on Delaware Ave at Harbor Blvd.
Camden signal stuff including the tram signal on "yellow" phase. Delaware Ave at Federal St. That is the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background.
Closer view of the same signals.
More Camden tram signals. Federal St at 5th St.
Zoom up of a horizontal signal with a typical Camden County installed street sign. Federal St at Haddon Ave/Camden CR 561 in Camden.
Trombone goodness on Haddon Ave at Market St in Camden.
Fugly DRPA installed signs on US 322 eastbound approaching the US 130 eastbound in Bridgeport.
Old button copy gore sign on US 322 eastbound at the US 130 south ramp in Bridgeport.
Nice old lift bridge on US 130 southbound in Bridgeport.
Oversized NJ 48 shield at its west end in Penns Grove.
US 130 southbound approaching NJ 140 in Deepwater, NJ.
US 130 southbound approaching NJ 140 in Deepwater.
US 130 southbound at NJ 140 in Deepwater, NJ. This is also the west end of NJ 140, which is only about a mile long route from here to the New Jersey Turnpike.
US 130 southbound approaching I-295/US 40 in Deepwater.
US 130 southbound at the I-295 south/US 40 westbound onramp in Deepwater, NJ. This is the south end of US 130.
NJ 49 eastbound crossing over I-295 in Deepwater.
NJ 49 eastbound approaching Old Pennsbury-Auburn Road in Deepwater. Going left at the next signal leads you to a ramp onto the NJ Turnpike northbound, which takes you to US 40 east. I think a better option for the LEFT 1/10 MILE text would be NEXT LEFT.
NJ 49 northbound at the I-295 northbound onramp in Deepwater.
I-295 northbound at exit 1C in Deepwater.
I-295 northbound at exit 2A in Deepwater.
Welcome to New Jersey! Not sure if that's a good thing.... I-295 northbound at exit 2B-C in Deepwater. I don't see why so many people dislike New Jersey. It's a cool state with lots to do, and isn't as "dirty" as many people make it out to be.
Glorious state named I-295 northbound shield on said road in Deepwater. One other reason why I love the state is the fact that they still insert the state name on their interstate shields!
I-295 northbound in Deepwater. I think Camden and Trenton should have made an apperance on this sign, since more people are looking for those towns, rather than Bellmawr or Ewing.
I-295 northbound at the Deepwater rest area and tourist info center. I stopped in here to pick up a 2009 official New Jersey highway map (was missing that one for some reason).
A Blue Star Memorial Highway marker inside the rest area and tourist info center along I-295 northbound in Deepwater, NJ.
I thought this sign was amusing, don't think I've seen a sign like this before at any rest area. This is inside the rest area and tourist info center along I-295 northbound in Deepwater, NJ.
A cute little New Jersey welcome sign with the state website inside the rest area and tourist info center along I-295 northbound in Deepwater, NJ.
Button copy signs on I-295 northbound in Carney's Point, NJ. Another reason to love the garden state: plenty of button copy!!!
Closer view of the button copy signs in the previous photo.
Button copy on I-295 northbound in Carneys Point.
Button copy on I-295 northbound in Carneys Point. I just had to pull over to get this cool shot!
Button copy on I-295 northbound in Carneys Point. I just had to pull over and get out to get this wicked good shot!
Closer view of the NJ 48 shield on the button copy sign on I-295 northbound at exit 4 in Carneys Point, NJ. NJDOT likes installing black background shields on BGSs.
A view only a roadgeek could love!
I-295 southbound at exit 2C in Deepwater.
NJ 140 west shield on said road just past I-295 in Deepwater.
Older STOP LINE sign at the intersection of NJ 140 and US 130 in Deepwater. This sign is old enough to have scotchlite sheeting.
Holy 5HiT!! This OLDER THAN DIRT cast iron embossed RR sign is just being left to die on US 130 southbound in Deepwater. So old, it's not an RXR, it's an R+R, with a cross! How old do you think? 1940s? 1930s? 1920s??? Don't know, but it's old, and it's still standing 11 years after the turn of the century.
Closer view of the truly amazing R+R sign on US 130 southbound in Deepwater.
Sign manufacturing date on the old cast iron R+R sign in Deepwater.
Unfortunately, the old R+R cast iron sign must have been knocked down, so now it just leans very far, rotting.
Front view of the old R+R sign.
Old fading sign (with a hand-painted arrow to boot!) on US 130 northbound in Carneys Point. Notice the bottom sign is an EXIT 30 MPH (mostly used for freeway offramps) has been repurposed into an ordinary speed advisory plaque.
US 130 northbound approaching the US 322 interchange in Bridgeport.
Sorry for the soft focus, but here is a set of BGSs on US 130 northbound at the US 322 interchange in Bridgeport.
US 322 westbound at the US 130 southbound ramp in Bridgeport.