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Interstate 295 Delaware / New Jersey

 

Routing

Interstate 295 in Delaware and New Jersey is metropolitan Philadelphia's eastern bypass, even though it currently does not enter Pennsylvania. Interstate 295 crosses the twin span Delaware Memorial Bridge to the south, then parallels the New Jersey Turnpike. It serves the South Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia, before ending up on Trenton's half-beltway. At its southern end, Interstate 295 meets Interstate 95 near Interstate 495 in Delaware.

High Priority Corridor

Interstate 295 is part of High Priority Corridor 64: Camden-Philadelphia Corridors.

Future Aspirations

The future of Interstate 295 is linked to the future of the missing Interstate 95 section in New Jersey. For a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Interstate 295 was planned to be extended around Trenton into Pennsylvania upon the relocation of Interstate 95. Construction for this new connection for Interstate 95 to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike east into New Jersey Turnpike is scheduled to begin in 2007 and be completed in 2010. An additional Delaware River span is planned for construction beginning around 2013. Relocating Interstate 95 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike would orphan a large stretch of existing Interstate 95 north of Bristol, Pennsylvania, and this section would to be have to be renumbered. Initial reports indicated that this section of Interstate 95 would become Interstate 295, but now it appears that this section will instead be designated as an extension of Interstate 195 west into Pennsylvania. With this change, the Interstate 295 northern terminus would be retracted to the Interstate 195 interchange near White Horse, New Jersey. See PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project: FAQ for more on the proposed extension of Interstate 195 over Interstate 95.2

Planned Improvements

One significant bottleneck along Interstate 295 exists at its interchange with Interstate 76 and New Jersey 42. Through traffic along northbound Interstate 295 must slow to 35 miles per hour via a transition ramp. Potential solutions include straightening out the highway so that Interstate 295 through traffic does not have to slow down. For more on the potential solutions, see New Jersey State Department of Transportation. (Thanks to Bob Smith for informing us of the study.)

History

Interstate 295's connection with Interstate 95 opened in 1963. East of U.S. 13 & 40, the freeway opened in 1951 as the approach to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

In New Jersey, Interstate 295 was designated in 1958. Work was completed on the southern most stretch in 1968. The overlap with U.S. 130 upgraded 1948 and 1954 controlled-access expressway segments. Further north, work was completed between 1958 and 1974. The connection with Interstate 195 east of Trenton however was not completed until 1994.3

Delaware Memorial Bridge Facts

The first span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge opened on August 15, 1951, and the second span opened in 1968. The bridge is the longest twin-span suspension bridge in the world. The main spans are 2,150 feet long, with a total length of 3,650 feet. The bridge is administered by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). For more, visit the Delaware Memorial Bridge official web page.

Highway Guides

For historical perspectives of the Interstate 295 southern terminus, including older signs and ramp configurations, please see the Delaware Highways Pages:

See also Delaware 141 south for perspectives of its ramp for Interstate 295 north.

Southern Terminus - Interstate 95 - Newport, Delaware
Perspective from Interstate 295 south
Interstate 295 leaves the interchange with U.S. 13 & 40 and approaches the junction with Intestate 495 north, Interstate 95, and Delaware 141. The interchange with U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway) opened in 1951; the freeway west to Interstate 95 opened in 1961. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/19/07).
A ramp onto Interstate 495's northbound beginning departs Interstate 295 south. Interstate 495 constitutes an 11-mile long six-lane bypass of Wilmington. The freeway serves the city port and older developments along U.S. 13 (Governor Printz Boulevard) leading into Claymont. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/19/07).
Interstates 95 & 495 north pass over Interstate 295 at the northbound on-ramp for the city of Wilmington. Interstate 95 serves the city central business district and interests northward to West Chester via U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) after its split with the freeway. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/19/07).
A diagrammatical sign outlines the Exit 5 ramp split for Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway) north to Newport and junction Delaware 2 & 41 (Kirkwood Highway). Ramps to Interstate 295 north from Interstates 95 & 495 south pass above. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/19/07).
The two southbound lanes of Interstate 295 default onto the left-hand side of Interstate 95. Interstate 95 gains travelers from Interstate 495 also from the left and U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 via a c/d roadway to the right. The merges create a chaotic situation of weaving traffic, therefore afternoon and holiday congestion is common Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/19/07).
A directional ramp carries motorists bound for Delaware 141 north at Exit 5 from the left-hand side of the ending Interstate 295. Delaware 141 follows a freeway northward to Delaware 2 & 41 at Prices Corner. Delaware 41 joins Delaware with Pennsylvania 41 and its north end at Gap (junction U.S. 30). U.S. 30 heads west from there to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/19/07).
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
The first in a series of sign bridges with Interstates 95, 295, 495, and the New Jersey Turnpike. Interstate 95 maintains eight lanes of travel from the Delaware Turnpike toll plaza eastward to Exit 4 and ten lanes from Delaware 1 & 7 to the split with Interstate 295. The split itself sees two lanes allocated for Interstate 295 and three for Interstates 95 and 495. Since this is such a pivotal location of traffic movement between the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with motorists departing Interstate 95 for the Delaware Memorial Bridge versus those continuing to Wilmington and Philadelphia, many signs are posted to ensure that motorists move into the proper lane for the route in which they intend to take. Ahead is the ten-lane causeway that carries Interstate 95 over the Christiana Marsh. The watershed is part of the Artesian Water supply for the Wilmington metropolitan area. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
The right two lanes exit onto Interstate 295, which follows the Delaware Memorial Bridge over the Delaware River into New Jersey. Upon entering New Jersey, Interstate 295 will immediately split into the New Jersey Turnpike north (most direct route to New York City), U.S. 40 east, and Interstate 295 north to Camden and Trenton. The left four lanes will connect to Interstate 95 and Interstate 495 north to Wilmington and Philadelphia. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
After crossing the marsh, Interstate 95 approaches the junction with U.S. 202 and Delaware 141 (Exits 5A-B). This interchange is generally very busy and lies within the overall junctions of Interstates 95-295-495. Interstate 95 north connects with U.S. 202 and Delaware 141 south at Exit 5A; Interstate 295 provides access to Delaware 141 north via Exit 5B. U.S. 202 north joins Interstate 95 north from Delaware 141 to their split at Exit 8 near downtown Wilmington. Lane allocations are provided after the Exit 5A departure for the upcoming junction with Interstate 295 north to U.S. 40 east to New Jersey and New York. Stay left for Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 and Interstate 495 north to Wilmington and Philadelphia, respectively. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
Interstate 295 begins at this gore point of Interstate 95 northbound (Exit 5C). Widening of Interstate 95 between 2007-08 expanded the split to add an additional northbound lane for Interstates 95 & 495. The busy junction regularly sees traffic counts over 150,000 per day. During peak travel times, such as holidays and summer weekends, it is not uncommon to find traffic delays of Interstate 295 bleed onto Interstate 95 from this point westward two to three miles. Also note that motorists bound for Exit 5B for the northbound Delaware 141 freeway must use Interstate 295 briefly. A collector/distributor roadway branches from Interstate 295 in about one-fourth of a mile for the state route. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
Perspective from Interstate 295 north
Continuing beyond the gore point, Exit 5B departs Interstate 295 north for Delaware 141. A cloverleaf interchange joins the two freeways south of the city of Newport. Delaware 141 joins Interstates 95-295-495 and U.S. 202 with Delaware 4 and 2 as the Newport Freeway. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
Interstate 295 parallels Interstate 95 closely in a configuration that resembles a dual freeway. This overhead is attached to the Delaware 141 southbound overpass. Meanwhile, Interstate 95 and Interstate 495 prepare to split to the left. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
Exit 5B departs the adjacent c/d roadway as Interstate 295 prepares to veer away from the Interstate 95 & 495 interchange. It is not uncommon to find traffic delays during holidays back traffic up from the Delaware Memorial Bridge and New Jersey Turnpike on this two lane stretch. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
Perspective from Interstate 95 and U.S. 202 south
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 travel the Wilmington viaduct from 4th Street to Maryland Avenue on their 1.75 mile approach to junction Interstate 295. The freeway funnels commuters from downtown Wilmington to Newark and other west and southern suburbs. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/23/08).
Since the Delaware Memorial Bridge plays such a pivotal role in the region, access to Interstate 295 northbound is granted from all directions. This sign bridge, posted on Interstate 95/U.S. 202 southbound, shows the lane allocation for the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 295. This ramp does double duty shuttling commuters between the city and the New Castle area, and long-distance travelers to the state of New Jersey. Interstate 95 saw three lanes through this interchange up to 2000. When the 2000 reconstruction of Interstate 95 from the city of Wilmington northward began, Interstate 95 saw a reduction in lanes at this interchange from three to two southbound lanes. This lane striping was done to accommodate an additional southbound lane from Interstate 495 onto Interstate 95. Before the 2000 project began, only one lane facilitated traffic onto Interstate 95 directly from the six lane bypass of Wilmington. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/17/07).
Passing over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 near the Interstate 295 northbound beginning. Note the upcoming exits sign used in place of a pull-through panel for Interstate 95. Interstate 95 enters the cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 202 south and Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway / Basin Road) immediately following the merge with Interstate 495. The Interstate 295 southbound merge follows and then the Exit 5 c/d roadway. All three merges cause traffic congestion on Interstate 95 as it enters Christiana Marsh. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/17/07).
Drivers cross over the Christina River ahead of the ramp partition between Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 south and Interstate 295 north. Interstate 295 travels east directly into the interchange with U.S. 13 & 40. When the Delaware Memorial Bridge opened in 1951, a freeway connector between U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway) and the original span was built as well. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman & Brent Ivy (12/23/08).
Interstate 295 northbound begins from Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound at this Spring 2000-installd overhead for Interstate 295 north. This exit is unnumbered. 2000 lane restripings changed the left-hand lane into an exit-only lane for Interstate 295. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/17/07).
Perspective from Interstate 495 south
The final interchanges on southbound Interstate 495 are: Exit 2, Junction Delaware 9A/Terminal Avenue to Delaware 9 and the Port of Wilmington; Exit 1, Junction U.S. 13/DuPont Highway (and Business U.S. 13/Market Street); Exit 0B, Junction Delaware 141; and Exit 0A, Junction Interstate 95 and Junction Interstate 295 north/U.S. 40 east. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/18/05).
The right lane becomes exit only from Interstate 495 south to Exit 2, Junction U.S. 13/DuPont Highway (and Business U.S. 13/Market Street). Use the left lane for the connection to Interstate 295/Delaware Memorial Bridge; all other lanes connect to Interstate 95 south. There is no access to Interstate 95 north. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/18/05).
After the U.S. 13/Dupont Highway interchange (Exit 1), all three lanes of Interstate 495 partition into (from left to right) Interstate 295 north (left lane), southbound Interstate 95 (middle two lanes), and U.S. 202 south/Delaware 141 (right lane). Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/18/05).
The ramp to the Exit 5 collector-distributor lanes of Interstate 95 (to U.S. 202 south / Delaware 141) depart Interstate 495 as the freeway prepares to merge onto the Interstate 95 mainline. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/18/05).
Interstate 495 ends; the left lane exits to Interstate 295 north to New Jersey and the middle two lanes transition directly onto Interstate 95/Delaware Turnpike south to Delaware 1 and Baltimore. Photo taken 03/27/04.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 95/U.S. 1 - Trenton, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 295 north
End/begin signage on Interstate 295 northbound as it prepares to convert to Interstate 95. This sign will become obsolete, as Interstate 295 will see an extension to the Keystone state upon completion of the Interstate 95 relocation to the Pennsylvania Turnpike connection to the New Jersey Turnpike. The time table for the Interstate 95 project see construction start by 2008 and completion by 2012. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
The final interchange on Interstate 295 is Exits 67A-B, Junction U.S. 1. U.S. 1 travels south into Trenton, then crosses the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
Use U.S. 1 north to Princeton, and thence north toward Newark and New York City. Through traffic to New York City will find the New Jersey Turnpike (which is signed as the continuation of Interstate 95 north) the best route. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
Northbound Interstate 295 meets U.S. 1 at Exits 67A-B. From this point forward, Interstate 295 traffic is defaulted onto Interstate 95 south. This is a temporary condition, until Interstate 95 is rerouted onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bristol, Pennsylvania. After Interstate 95 is rerouted, Interstate 295 (or possibly Interstate 195) will be extended over what is currently Interstate 95 into Pennsylvania and then south to near Bristol, ending at Interstate 276/Pennsylvania Turnpike. Sounds confusing? Well, that's because it is confusing. At least a sensible solution is in the works to clarify the numbering situation. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
A collector-distributor system is in place on Interstate 295 northbound at Exits 67A/B of U.S. 1. U.S. 1 offers six lanes of divided roadway between Trenton and New Brunswick as a free alternative to the New Jersey Turnpike. The catch is that many traffic lights also line the federal highway on the 28 mile trek to Interstate 287. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
Here is an older, button copy version of the Interstate 295 transition to Interstate 95 southbound signage at the U.S. 1 interchange north of the capital city of Trenton. This is not the original terminus of Interstate 295 however, as Exit numbers used to continue two miles westward to the New Jersey 31 interchange. The truncation of Interstate 295 to this interchange occurred in the early 1990s. Vidcap taken by Alex Nitzman (08/93).
Interstate 295 north shifts directly onto Interstate 95 south. The Trenton "beltway" continues westbound to the New Jersey 31 interchange at Ewing, before turning south towards Bristol, Pennsylvania. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
Perspective from Interstate 95 south
After the U.S. 1 interchange, this Interstate 95 south reassurance shield is posted. After the reroute of Interstate 95, this shield will be replaced with either an Interstate 195 or Interstate 295 marker. Photo taken by AARoads (08/30/05).
Perspective from U.S. 1 north
U.S. 1 northbound at the northern terminus of Interstate 295. Interstate 295 continued west of here to the interchange of New Jersey 31 originally. This alignment was in anticipation of the never completed Interstate 95 link between Trenton and New Brunswick. Truncation occurred to this interchange in 1993, by order of then-Governor Jim Florio.1 Vidcap taken by Alex Nitzman (08/93).
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
The first appearance of the temporary end of Interstate 95 occurs at Exit 4, Junction New Jersey 31. However, the END signage provides a trailblazer to the New jersey Turnpike, which is the northbound continuation of Interstate 95 to New York City. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Now traveling due east on northbound Interstate 95 after Exit 4, Junction New Jersey 31/Pennington Road and Exit 5, Federal City Road, the next exit on northbound Interstate 95 is Exit 7, Junction U.S. 206/Lawrenceville Road. The junction with U.S. 1 and Interstate 295 is only two miles east of here at Exit 67. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (07/20/05).
The first advance sign of the temporary end of northbound Interstate 95 and the beginning of Interstate 295 south is posted shortly after the Federal City Road interchange. To reconnect to Interstate 95 on an all-freeway alignment, follow Interstate 295 south to Interstate 195 east, then turn north on Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike. This signage will be obsolete once Interstate 95 is re-routed onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bristol; once that interchange is complete, existing Interstate 95 from Interstate 276 north to Interstate 295/U.S. 1 will be renumbered as either Interstate 195 or Interstate 295. Back in the days when Interstate 95 was proposed to follow its own alignment from Trenton to New Brunswick via Princeton, the point where the freeway would diverge was located approximately in this area. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (07/20/05).
The interchange between Interstate 95 north and Exit 7, Junction U.S. 206/Lawrenceville Road is a cloverleaf. The junction with U.S. 1 and Interstate 295 is only two miles east of here at Exit 67. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (07/20/05).
Northbound Interstate 95 reaches Exits 7A-B, Junction U.S. 206/Lawrenceville Road north to Lawrenceville. The temporary end of Interstate 95 is about a mile and a half east of here, at the junction with U.S. 1 and Interstate 295 (Exit 67). The end of Interstate 95 is signed, but the guide sign for Interstate 295 directs travelers to the continuation of Interstate 95 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (07/20/05).
The next exit on Interstate 95 north is Exit 8A, Junction Mercer County Route 546/Franklin Corner Road east to Mercer County Route 583/Princeton Pike south. The final exit is Exit 8B, Junction Mercer County Route 583/Princeton Pike north to Princeton. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
The final exit is Exit 8B, Junction Mercer County Route 583/Princeton Pike north to Princeton, followed by Exit 67, Junction U.S. 1 north to New Brunswick and south to Trenton. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Northbound Interstate 95 approaches Exit 8B, Junction Mercer County Route 583/Princeton Pike north to Princeton, 0.25 mile. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
After Exit 8B, Junction Mercer County Route 583/Princeton Pike, this roadside sign advises that the continuation of Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike is afforded via Interstate 195 east. This sign is a little deceptive. While it is a distance of eight miles south on Interstate 295 to Interstate 195, there is another seven miles to travel east on Interstate 195 to meet Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike. This means one must travel 15 miles south and east to return to northbound Interstate 95. However, the route is well-signed with To Interstate 95 trailblazers. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Interstate 95 north "ends" at this point as Interstate 295 southbound takes over the through traffic lanes. Interstate 295 now takes over the designation of the Trenton "beltway." Signage additionally indicates that Interstate 95 northbound travelers continue on Interstate 295 southbound to Interstate 195 eastbound to the New Jersey Turnpike. Signage along the first five miles of Interstate 195 also reflects Interstate 95 trailblazers. A better approach at this point however, is to take U.S. 1 northbound to New Jersey 18, and entering the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 9 instead of 7A. Photos taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05) and Douglas Kerr (03/15/01).
Perspective from Interstate 295 south
After the U.S. 1 interchange at Exit 67, an Interstate 295 south reassurance shield is posted. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
About seven miles south of the first reassurance shield is the first overhead for the western terminus of Interstate 195 and southern terminus of New Jersey 29 posted on Interstate 295 southbound just before the Kuser Road exit. NJDOT installed new signs directing motorists from Interstate 95 at Bakersville south along Interstate 295 to Interstate 195 east in 2004. The new signs include Interstate 95 and New Jersey Turnpike trailblazers. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

Sources:

  1. Personal Email from Ray Martin
  2. PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project: FAQ, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  3. Interstate 295 (New Jersey) (PhillyRoads).

Page Updated July 2, 2009.

 
Mileage

State Delaware
Mileage 5.71
Cities Newport, Wilmington
Junctions Interstate 95
State New Jersey
Mileage 68.06
Cities Camden, Trenton
Junctions Interstate 76, Interstate 195, Interstate 95
TOTAL 73.77
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List; NOTE - Interstate 295 is planned for extension to Bristol, Pennsylvania, via current Interstate 95 once the Interstate 95/276 interchange is completed.
I-295 Delaware Annual Average Daily Traffic

County Begin Milepost Location To: AADT Composite
New Castle 0.00 Interstate 95 Delaware 141 north 68,161
New Castle 1.43 Delaware 141 north U.S. 13-40 Dupont Hwy. 79,214
New Castle 1.93 U.S. 13-40 Dupont Hwy. Delaware 9 New Castle 102,339
New Castle 3.20 Delaware 9 New Castle NJ state line (5.71) 93,631
Source: Traffic Summary 2002 (DelDOT)

 
Approaching the Delaware Memorial Bridge along Interstate 295 north & U.S. 40 east. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman / Brent Ivy (12/29/08).
Maintenance, signage, and policing of Interstate 295 between U.S. 13 & 40 and U.S. 130 is the responsibility of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). The DRBA is partially funded by tolls collected on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
 
Interstate 295 has a brief merge with Interstate 76 at its southern terminus with the North-South Freeway (New Jersey 42) south of Camden. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (05/20/07).
An upgrade of the interchange configuration between Interstates 76, 295, and New Jersey 42 is slated for possible construction in 2012-13.
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