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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: December 31, 2015 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
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 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.
A historical look at Interstate 295 north within the Interstate 76 (North-South Freeway) overlap at Bellmawr and Gloucester City. Photo taken 05/20/07.
The 2013-21 upgrade of the I-76/295 interchange eliminated the dual carriageway of the North South Freeway that coincided with movements to and from I-295.
Interstate 295 fully complete from Delaware north to Mount Laurel Township - 1969 New Jersey Official Highway Map
Interstate 295 was opened north from New Jersey 73 to Burlington County 537 on April 27, 1969. The remainder of the freeway north to Bordentown was completed by December 1974.13
Interstate 295 extending west to the unbuilt interchange with the Somerset Freeway (Interstate 95) - 1982 Champion Map of Trenton
The cancellation of the Somerset Freeway resulted in the decades old gap of Interstate 95 between Trenton and New Brunswick.
Trenton inset of the 1986-87 New Jersey Official Highway Map
The Trenton Complex, involving the western extent of I-195, NJ 29 leading north into Downtown, and I-295 south to Bordentown, cost $400 million. Work on the I-295 portion started in 1990.8

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Interstate 295 Delaware / New Jersey

Routing

Interstate 295 in Delaware and New Jersey forms a commuter route serving Wilmington, Delaware, South Jersey and Trenton. Orientated as a bypass route for Philadelphia, the freeway generally serves local traffic, with through traffic taking either the parallel New Jersey Turnpike, or Interstate 95 through southeastern Pennsylvania.

Interstate 295 crosses the twin span Delaware Memorial Bridge between New Castle, Delaware and Pennsville Township, New Jersey. It serves rural areas of Salem an Gloucester Counties through to Paulsboro, Woodbury and Bellmawr to the south of Camden. There the route interacts with the east end of Interstate 76, making a dog leg north along side the North South Freeway to Mount Ephraim.

Turning more east, Interstate 295 winds through the communities of Haddon Heights, Barrington, Lawnside and Cherry Hill Township through to Burlington County. The freeway and New Jersey Turnpike parallel one another closely on the northeastern swing through Mount Laurel Township before separating at Westampton Township. I-295 stays closer to the Delaware River, bypassing Burlington through to Bordentown and the Trenton vicinity.

The final miles of I-295 north follow the Trenton Beltline through Hamilton and Lawrence Townships to U.S. 1 at Interstate 95. Presently the directional cloverleaf interchange between the three routes is the north end of I-295. This will change once the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange with I-95 at Bristol opens. When that occurs in 2018, I-95 will be realigned onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike east and New Jersey Turnpike north from Exit 6. I-295 will then extend west into Bucks County, Pennsylvania over the former alignment of I-95.

High Priority Corridor

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

Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project

Origins of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project date back to 1969 with the opening of I-95 through Bucks County and plans to link it with the Turnpike. Legislation at the time prohibited federal funds from being used to connect an Interstate highway to a toll road, so the two were never connected. Subsequent studies by PennDOT were held in 1975-77 to build the connection and in 1982 the Federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act specified that I-95 be completed through a new interchange with i-276 to connect it with the New Jersey Turnpike via the Delaware River Bridge. PA Act 61 authorized the PA Turnpike Commission to construct the interchange in 1985, which was envisioned as a slow speed trumpet to trumpet interchange through studies conducted between 1984-88.1

Studies from 1992 to 2003 by the PA Turnpike Commission1 and Community Advisory Committee (CAC) discussions throughout the 1990s and early 2000s2 involved a high-speed direct interchange between I-95 and I-276. This led to completion of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and a Record of Decision was issued by the FHWA. Initial proposals involved extending Interstate 295 west from Lawrenceville west and southwest along Interstate 95 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Bristol. Design work for the new exchange started in 2004, with preliminary design completed by 2008.1

Before construction broke ground, New Jersey and Pennsylvania petitioned AASHTO to extend Interstate 195 west from Hamilton Township over I-295 north to Lawrenceville and over I-95 southwest to Bristol as part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project. This was conditionally approved on May 4, 2007, with final approval expected once construction was complete.

This map was previously posted on the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project web site. It showed the previous proposal to extend Interstate 195 west to Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the future realignment of Interstate 95 on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes.

Although construction had yet started on the ramps linking I-95 and 276, renumbering changes were again made, with the Pennsylvania Turnpike web site referencing Interstate 395 as the new designation for I-95 between I-276 at Bristol and I-295 at Lawrenceville. This coincided with leaving I-295 in place from Lawrenceville southward.

Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project construction stage maps referenced I-95 north of I-276 as I-195 in May 2013, but then as I-395 in September 2014.

The I-395 numbering was never finalized and the plan prior to 2007 of extending I-295 west to Bristol, Pennsylvania was again submitted to AASHTO in 2015. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the renumbering of I-95 as an extension of I-295 on May 20, 2015. This coincided with approval of realigning I-95 east over I-276 from Bristol eastward into New Jersey.

The often delayed project was initially thought to commence in 2007 and be completed in 2010. Initial construction finally started on the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project in 2010. Work not only involves the addition of ramps linking I-95 and 276, but also adjacent projects. This includes a new mainline toll plaza for I-276 and widening of the Turnpike mainline.

Stage 1 construction through 2018 involves the aforementioned main line plaza, the two flyover ramps needed to realign the I-95 mainline, and Bristol Interchange work at U.S. 13. Stage 2, adds the remainder of the ramps linking Interstates 95, 276 and 295, with work underway between 2015 and late 2018. Stage 3 will add a second Delaware River span for the Pennsylvania Turnpike (for northbound traffic), with construction anticipated at 2025 or later.

Detailed discussion involving the project can be found on the AARoads Forum at the I-95/Penna Turnpike Interchange thread.

Planned Improvements

I-76/295 Interchange

Major construction started in March 2013 at the present overlap between Interstates 76 and 295 at New Jersey 42 (North South Freeway) at Bellmawr. The old configuration took I-295 north along side I-76 through a series of ramps requiring motorists to slow to 35 miles per hour. This included the AI-Jo curve (named after a former nightclub adjacent to the ramp), the 180 degree loop ramp joining I-295 south with NJ 42 south. Split into four major construction contracts and costing $900 million, work will realign the I-295 mainline to pass over the North South Freeway and eliminate the present overlap and weaving traffic pattern.3

Contract 1, costing $159 million, was awarded on January 18, 2013 with ceremonial groundbreaking on the overall project taking place March 12, 2013.3 Contract 1 work through fall 2016 affects Interstate 295 west of Essex Avenue and NJ 42 while primarily focusing on work to eliminate the express/local configuration of the North South Freeway at Gloucester City.

Bids for Contract 2 were opened on December 19, 2013, with a low bid of $152.6 million.4 This contract was awarded on February 7, 2014 for reconstruction of I-295 east from the North South Freeway to NJ 168, with adjacent work on Ramps B, C and D. Completion is expected in December 2017.

Contract 3 is scheduled to run from summer 2016 to fall 2019. It involves construction of the new I-295 mainline over the North South Freeway. Contract 4 rounds out the work between spring 2019 and fall 2021, with final ramp movements completed for Ramp B, C and F.

Dan Boris provides a photo blog of the project at I-295/I-76/Route 42 Direct Connection

Scudder Falls Bridge

Originally estimated to cost $140 million in 2014, a $328-million project to replace the Scudder Falls Bridge across the Delaware River was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on June 14, 2012 after nine years of study. Presently a part of Interstate 95, the 4.4 mile stretch of freeway between Pennsylvania 332 in Bucks County and Bear Tavern Road in Ewing Township, New Jersey will be expanded. The four-lane bridge over the Delaware, built between 1959 and 1961, will be replaced with a nine-lane span.5

Preparation work for construction of the new Scudder Falls Bridge started on January 4, 2016 with tree removal on both sides of I-95 between PA 332 and Taylorsville Road in Lower Makefield. This will allow for the installation of sound walls by spring 2016. Tree clearing on the New Jersey side of the river follows in fall 2016. Four years of road construction to build the new twin span will begin in early 2017.6

Tolling will be implemented when the first of the new bridges opens to traffic. Associated work will also redesign the interchange with New Jersey 29 along the Delaware River to incorporate two roundabouts. More project details can be found at the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project web site.

History

The Interstate 295 connection with Interstate 95 opened in conjunction with the Delaware Turnpike in 1963. East of U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Parkway), the freeway opened in 1951 as the approach for the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Within 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 1974.7 The connection with Interstate 195 east of Trenton however was not completed until December 22, 1994, when 3.1 miles of I-295 opened between U.S. 130 & 206 and I-195.8

Prior to 1993, Interstate 295 ended midway between I-95 Exits 4 (NJ 31) and 5A/B (Federal City Road), at a carriageway separation along the Trenton Belt Line meant to include an interchange with the Somerset Freeway. The Somerset Freeway was the alignment planned for Interstate 95 between Ewing and New Brunswick at Interstate 287. It was formally canceled in 1982. This left the I-295 north end point at what would otherwise be considered an arbitrary location. Changes were made in 1993 to have I-295 begin and end at a major interchange (U.S. 1) instead of a random place.9 This resulted in I-95 gaining three miles, with interchanges from Federal City Road east to U.S. 1 renumbered.

Delaware Memorial Bridge

With construction authorized in April 194510 and starting on February 1, 1949,11 the first span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge opened on August 15, 1951 at a cost of $44 million.10 The second span was dedicated on December 12, 1968,11 with the original span closed three days later for renovation. Both spans were available to traffic on December 29, 1969. The bridge is the longest twin-span suspension bridge in the world. Rising to a height of 440 feet, the main spans are 2,150 feet long. Combined with the side spans, the bridges total length is 3,650 feet.10

Looking southeast from the high rise bridge of I-495 over the Christina River in Wilmington at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 06/03/12.

Interstate 295 between Dupont Parkway at Farnhurst and the New Jersey Turnpike at Deepwater is maintained by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). Signing practices along this stretch differs from DelDOT and NJDOT.

Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - Interstate 95 - Newport, Delaware
Perspective from Interstate 295 south
Leaving the Farnhurst Interchange with U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway), Interstate 295 proceeds northwest to the directional T interchange with Interstates 95 and 495. Work between February 2016 and December 2018 reconstructs this stretch of I-295 southbound. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Interstate 495 separates from Interstate 95 north nearby to bypass Wilmington by the Port of Wilmington, Edgemoor and Claymont. Photo taken 10/03/14.
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 10/03/14.
The two southbound lanes of Interstate 295 default onto the left-hand side of Interstate 95 south toward Newark and the tolled John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway to Baltimore. Exit 5 (I-95 numbering convention) departs at the merge for Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway) north. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Full coverage of Interstate 295 south at Interstate 95 posted at the AARoads Delaware guide for Interstate 295 south.
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
Traffic from Delaware 1, a north-south toll road joining Dover with the Wilmington area, ties into Interstate 95 north ahead of Christina Marsh. This stretch was expanded to ten overall lanes in 2007-08, due to heavy traffic volumes at the forthcoming split with Interstate 295. Photo taken 10/05/14.
Two lanes separate from Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) north for Interstate 295 north to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Local ramps also depart from the right for U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 (Basin Road) south to New Castle and the Newport Freeway north. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Four lanes continue north along Interstate 95 to the adjacent wye interchange with Interstate 495 north. Both routes serve Wilmington and reconvene at the Pennsylvania state line near Claymont. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Interstate 295 begins at a unnumbered exit from I-95 north. A c/d roadway for Delaware 141 (Exit 5B) quickly follows.
This busy junction regularly sees traffic counts over 150,000 vehicles per day (vpd). During peak travel times, such as holidays and summer weekends, it is not uncommon to encounter long back ups stretching west to Delaware 273. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Historical Perspective from Interstate 95 north
Photos covering previous signage and lane allocations along I-95 north through to the split with I-295 are posted on the Interstate 95 North - Delaware Archive page on AARoads.
Perspective from Interstate 95 and U.S. 202 south
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 travel the Wilmington viaduct from 4th Street (SR 9) to Maryland Avenue (SR 4) on their 1.75 mile approach to Interstate 295. The freeway funnels commuters from Downtown Wilmington to Newark and other west and southern suburbs. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A left-hand ramp departs for I-295 north after the I-95 bridge over the Christina River. The upcoming exit serves both commuters between Wilmington and the New Castle area and long-distance travelers bound for the state of New Jersey. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Passing over a Norfolk Southern Railroad, just ahead of the northbound off-ramp for I-295 on Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 south. Beyond the ramp, I-95 merges with I-495 south at a wye interchange before entering a cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 202 south and Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway / Basin Road). Photo taken 09/27/14.
Interstate 295 curves southeast to Farnhurst, where it combines with U.S. 40 east to the Delaware Memorial Bridge and New Jersey Turnpike. I-295 between I-95 and U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) opened in 1963, while I-95 through Wilmington did in 1965. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The lane configuration along I-95 south changed in 2000 to incorporate a lane drop with the departing ramp for I-295. This changed again in 2014 with the emergency closure of the Christina River Bridge for I-495, as I-95 was restriped with three through lanes. The off-ramp for I-295 is otherwise unnumbered. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Full coverage of Interstate 95 south leading to I-295, including several interchange sequence signs, at Interstate 95 South - Delaware on AARoads.
Historical Perspective from Interstate 95 south
Previous looks at the left-hand ramp and approach of I-95 south to I-295 north posted at the Interstate 95 South - Delaware Archive page on AARoads.
Perspective from Interstate 495 south
Interstate 495 parallels the Christina River west from U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) through to the wye interchange with Interstate 95 south. Additional ramps provide access to Interstate 295 north and the c/d roadway for Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway) from the I-495 end. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Two lanes of Interstate 495 south default onto the left-hand side of I-95 south as a left-hand ramp departs for Interstate 295 north. The I-295 exit combines with the exit from I-95 south ahead of the Farnhurst Interchange with U.S. 13 and 40 (Dupont Parkway). Photo taken 12/25/12.
For the rest of the signs preceding the I-495 south approach to I-295 north and I-95 south, see Interstate 495 South - Delaware on AARoads.
Historical Perspective from Interstate 495 south
The connection from I-495 south to I-295 north has remained mostly unchanged over the years, with the exception of sign replacements. Older sign photos are posted on the Interstate 495 - Delaware Archive page on AARoads.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 95/U.S. 1 - Trenton, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 295 north
End I-295 / Begin I-95 sign posted midway between the Trenton Belt Line interchanges with Sloan Avenue and U.S. 1. This type of sign was typically used by NJDOT when an otherwise seamless route changed from one route number to another. Photo taken 08/30/05.
Interstate 295 concludes presently at the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 67A/B) with U.S. 1 in Lawrence Township. The forthcoming junction lies amid an area of wetlands and across the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Photo taken 08/30/05.
A collector distributor roadway separates movements to U.S. 1 south to Trenton and north to New Brunswick from the Trenton Belt Line mainline transition to Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 08/30/05.
U.S. 1. constitutes a six-lane arterial with controlled access sections and interchanges as a free alternative to the New Jersey Turnpike northward to New Brunswick. Southward the route joins the Trenton Freeway through to a toll bridge across the Delaware River. Photo taken 08/30/05.
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 08/30/05.
Historical Perspective from Interstate 295 north
Interstate 295 was shortened to end at U.S. 1 in 1993. Button copy signs posted then alluded t"TO I-95 South". Exit numbers and I-295 signage were posted westward to the New Jersey 31 interchange prior to the change. Vidcap taken 08/93.
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
The first appearance of the temporary end of Interstate 95 occurred at Exit 4 for New Jersey 31. This sign bridge was removed by 2011, with the NJ 31 panel moved to ground level.
Just east of this location is a carriageway separation built for the unconstructed interchange with the Somerset Freeway north. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Interstate 95 approaches Exits 7A/B with U.S. 206 on the two-mile approach to the temporary end and the beginning of Interstate 295. Motorists bound for the New Jersey Turnpike are directed southward on I-295 to I-195 east. Photo taken 07/20/05.
The Trenton Belt Line eastbound sees back to back ramps (Exits 8A/B) for County Road 546 (Princeton Pike) ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 67) with U.S. 1.
The guide sign for U.S. 1 here was moved onto a sign bridge added by 2008. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
This roadside sign posted after Exit 8B advises that the continuation of Interstate 95 is afforded via Interstate 195 east. I-95 travelers will reach the New Jersey Turnpike in 15 miles.
This sign was replaced by 2015 and now includes state-named shields. Photo taken 09/26/09.
A fourth eastbound lane opens along I-95 north between CR 546 (Princeton Pike) and the off-ramp (Exit 67) for U.S. 1. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Three lanes of Interstate 95 north directly transition into Interstate 295 south as the Trenton Belt Line curves southward to Hamilton Township and the west end of I-195. Exit 67 carries all traffic in unison for U.S. 1 south to the Trenton Freeway and U.S. 1 north to New Brunswick and Edison. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Historical Perspective from Interstate 95 north
The former pull through panel at Exit 67 referenced Bordentown, which was the last portion of I-295 to open in 1994, and New York for the continuation of I-95 north along the Turnpike. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (03/15/01).
Perspective from U.S. 1 south
U.S. 1 travels through a full cloverleaf interchange with County Road 533 (Quaker Bridge Road) between Mercer and Quaker Bridge Malls on the 1.5 mile approach to Interstates 95 and 295 south. Photo taken 10/10/14.
Southbound traffic narrows to three lanes and U.S. 1 passes by the Quaker Bridge Mall off-ramp. Several businesses line the southbound side of U.S. 1 through to the back to back ramps for Interstates 95 and 295. Photo taken 10/10/14.
The original c/d roadway for I-95 south and I-295 south was altered to separate movements for Philadelphia. Two lanes join Interstate 95 leading west to Ewing Township and Newtown, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 10/10/14.
A loop ramp follows for Interstate 295 south to Bordentown, Burlington and Camden. U.S. 1 transitions into a commercial arterial ahead of the Trenton Freeway southwest to Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 10/10/14.
Historical Perspective from U.S. 1 north
Long since replaced button copy overheads posted along U.S. 1 northbound at the exchange with I-95 south and I-295 south. Changes made to the Trenton Belt Line in 1993 renumbered I-295 west from here to Exit 4 as an extension of I-95. The renumbering was made by order of then-Governor Jim Florio.12 Vidcap taken 08/93.

Sources:

  1. Background - Project Overview, PA TURNPIKE / I-95 INTERCHANGE PROJECT web site.
  2. "Re: I-95/Penna Turnpike Interchange" online posting by qguy, AARoads Forum, December 9, 2014.
  3. "N. J. officials open $900 million project for I-295 snarl." Philadelphia Inquirer, March 3, 2013.
  4. "Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction" online posting by jeffandnicole, AARoads Forum, December 19, 2013.
  5. "I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge $328M replacement project receives approval." The Times (Trenton, NJ), June 25, 2012.
  6. "CONSTRUCTION FOR NEW BRIDGE GEARS UP." The Times (Trenton, NJ), January 5, 2016.
  7. Interstate 295 (New Jersey) (PhillyRoads).
  8. "Trenton Complex to open." The Times (Trenton, NJ), December 22, 1994.
  9. "Re: I-95/Penna Turnpike Interchange" online posting by akotchi, AARoads Forum, December 8, 2014.
  10. About the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) web site.
  11. Delaware Memorial Bridge (PhillyRoads).
  12. Personal Email from Ray Martin.
  13. "A look back: Route 295." Courier-Post, April 5, 2013.

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