Interstate 280 links Interstate 80 and the far western suburbs of New York Metro with Newark and Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike. The freeway contains one of the Interstate system's few drawbridges (actually a lift bridge); the bridge crosses the Passaic River between Newark and Harrison.
Exit 13 in downtown Newark represents the planned northern terminus of New Jersey 75 (Newark Midtown Freeway). The freeway travels below grade through Orange, East Orange, and parts of Newark.
The first element of Interstate 280, the William J. Stickel Memroial Bridge over the Passaic River, opened in 1949. The bridge was added to the Interstate system in 1971. Freeway construction occurred between 1960 and 1980.1
See the Interstate 280 highway guides for coverage of every east and westbound interchange.
Western Terminus - Interstate 80 - near Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 280 west
The first in a series of end Interstate 280/begin Interstate 80 advisory signs on westbound. This particular sign bridge, located at Exit 1, also includes signage for the first Interstate 80 westbound exit after Interstate 280, that of Interstate 287. U.S. 46 is a constant on Interstate 80 exit signage throughout northern New Jersey. The U.S. route parallels Interstate 80 throughout most of its routing. Photos taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Approaching the Interstate 280 westbound merge onto Interstate 80 west. Traffic bound for Interstate 287 must exit to the right in one mile, even though the actual interchange is another four miles away. This is due to the a collector/distributor roadway configuration of Interstate 80. Photos taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
The final end/begin signage as Interstate 280 transfers onto Interstate 80 westbound. There is no access to Interstate 80 eastbound via Interstate 280 westbound. The control point, used for Interstate 80 throughout most of northern New Jersey, is the Delaware Water Gap. This geologic point of interest is 45 miles west of here and is the point where Interstate 80 leaves New Jersey and enters Pennsylvania, the Keystone State. Before entering rural northwestern New Jersey, the communities of Parsippany, Rockaway, and Wharton are still to be encountered along Interstate 80's progression westward out of the greater New York City metropolitan area. Photos taken by Chris Elbert (07/06).
Perspective from Interstate 80 east
Interstate 80 travelers are partitioned between the freeway mainline and a collector/distributor roadway emanating at the Intestate 287 directional-cloverleaf interchange. Separate sign bridges are posted over both carriageways for the impending split with Interstate 280. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The c/d roadway includes the Exit 45 off-ramp for Lake Hiawatha and Whippany. Both carriageways otherwise continue another 0.75 miles to the Interstate 280 eastbound beginning. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Ramps for Interstate 280 depart opposite sides of their respective carriageways. The c/d roadway continues east to an exit ramp to U.S. 46 before returning onto Interstate 80 east. Interstate 280 will reach West Orange in six miles and the largest city in the Garden State, Newark, in 13 miles. Photos taken 06/13/05.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike - Kearny, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 280 east
Eastbound Interstate 280 reaches Exit 17A, Junction Hudson County Route 508 east to Jersey City; the next exit is Exit 17B, Junction Hudson County Route 508 west to Kearny. All through traffic must connect to Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (note the absence of an Interstate 95 shield here). Photo taken 06/13/05.
Eastbound Interstate 280 reaches Exit 17B, Junction Hudson County Route 508 west to Kearny. All through traffic must connect to Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (again, note the absence of an Interstate 95 shield here). Both of these signs show years of wear and are not reflectorized. Photo taken 06/13/05.
After the Exit 15W N.J. Turnpike toll plaza, Interstate 280 ends. The interchange of the New Jersey Turnpike with Interstate 280 is located near the east/west branch split of Interstate 95. The two components of the Turnpike allow for a split of traffic interests between Union City, Hoboken, and the Lincoln Tunnel, from that of points northward including the Meadowlands, Hackensack, and the George Washington Bridge. A series of ramps connects to Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike: first comes the ramp to the eastern branch of Interstate 95 northbound, which is signed at the time this picture was taken as to Exit 16E, Lincoln Tunnel. Photo taken 06/13/05.
The next ramp connects to Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike south, and the left lane connects to the western branch of Interstate 95 north to Interstate 80 and U.S. 46. Note the use of a button copy Interstate 95 shield, which is rare in New Jersey since many of these kinds of signs have been replaced and also because only a few segments of Interstate 95 was built and signed during the era when button copy was common. Photo taken 06/13/05.
Perspective from Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike north
New Jersey Turnpike partitions into east and west branches; the eastern branch connects with the Lincoln Tunnel (New Jersey 495) while the western branch provides the connection to Interstate 280. Soon after parting ways with the eastern branch, Interstate 95W approaches Exit 15W, Junction Interstate 280 west to Newark and Kearny. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Northbound Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike approaches Exit 15W, Junction Interstate 280, one mile. Interstate 280 provides access to Newark and the Oranges on its 17.85-mile trek to Interstate 80 near Interstate 287. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Since Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike splits between an eastern and western branch, the cars and cars/trucks roadway configuration is discontinued. Therefore each branch carries one carriageway per direction. Pictured here is the Exit 15W ramp from the western branch onto Interstate 280. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Perspective from Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike south
Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike south (western branch) approaches Interstate 280 at Exit 15W (two miles). Interstate 280 travels below grade to pass under the city street grid of Newark as it travels between the Passaic River and Orange. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Southbound Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (western branch) meets Interstate 280 at Exit 15W. The left three lanes of southbound Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (western branch) continue south toward Elizabeth and Linden. Use Interstate 280 west to Newark (civic center, downtown, and cultural institutions). Photo taken 08/29/05.
Perspective from Interstate 280 west
The first exit one encounters on westbound Interstate 280 is Exit 17B, Junction Hudson County Route 508, the Newark-Jersey City Turnpike between Kearny and Harrison. For Interstate 280, a draw bridge over the Passaic River is forthcoming between Harrison and the city of Newark. This drawbridge is one of a handful that are utilized throughout the Interstate Highway System and is the only one on the Interstate Highway System within the state of New Jersey. Photo taken 08/29/05.