Interstate 195 New Jersey

Interstate 195 New Jersey
History
East End
West End

Overview

Interstate 195 is a freeway traveling east from Trenton to the Jersey Shore. The western seven miles serve suburban areas and industrial parks in Hamilton Township while linking the capital city with the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) at Robbinsville Township. Further east, the Center Jersey Expressway traverses rural areas of the Pine Barrens while serving traffic bound for Six Flags Great Adventure theme park at Jackson Township. The east end of I-195 transitions to Route 138 at the Garden State Parkway in Wall Township. Route 138 connects the route with Route 35 leading into the borough of Belmar on the coast.

I-195 east at US 206 - White Horse, NJ

Interstate 195 heads 5.5 miles east from U.S. 206 at Exit 1C to I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike at Robbinsville Township. The exchange joining the two routes was redesigned as part of the 2009-14 Turnpike expansion project. 12/27/18

Sign changes underway in January 2018 renumbered I-95 in Mercer County, New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania as an extension of Interstate 295. Work included the renumbering of the western most two interchanges along I-195. Exits 60 A/B at Interstate 295, which was based on the mileage of I-295 south to Delaware, changed to Exits 1 A/B. Old Exits 1 A/B with U.S. 206 became new Exits 1 C/D.2

Route Information

  • East End – Wall Twp, NJ

  • West End – White Horse, NJ

  • Mileage – 34.17

  • Cities – Trenton, Hamilton, Asbury Park

  • JunctionsI-295 I-95 NJ Turnpike Garden State Pkwy

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-195 New Jersey - 1969 Map
The initial construction of Interstate 195 between CR 524 and CR 43 in Upper Freehold Township – 1969 New Jersey Official Highway Map

Interstate 195 opened first between Washington (Robbinsville) Township and Jackson Mills in 1972.1

Central New Jersey - 1981
All but the west and east ends of Interstate 195 open to traffic – 1981 Gousha atlas

The easternmost six mile portion of Interstate 195 was completed in 1981 between Squankum and Wall Township in Monmouth County.1

History

The Central Jersey Expressway system plans in the late 1950s outlined a route for New Jersey Route 37, the Trenton-Asbury Park Expressway, running east from Trenton to the Garden State Parkway near Toms River. Interstate funding for the Central Jersey Expressway (Route 37), estimated at $60 million, was proposed in 1967 in exchange for dropping funds for a seven mile long portion of Interstate 278, which was estimated to cost nearly $100 million. This proposal did not move forward until 1968, when the Bureau of Public Roads approved an additional 1,500 miles to the national Interstate system, which allowed for the 34.2-mile expansion of I-195.1

Construction began on Interstate 195 in October 1968 in western Upper Freehold Township. The majority of the route was completed by 1981. The western most 1.8 miles opened in two stages between 1987 and 1990.1 Work on the Trenton Complex project involving I-295 south from I-195 to Bordentown and Route 29 north from I-195 into Trenton, commenced in 1990. Prior to its completion in December 1994, I-195 acted as the default route for I-295 between Trenton Belt Line and U.S. 206 south to U.S. 130 at Bordentown.

Plans for the interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95 at Bristol involved the relocation of I-95 from the Trenton Belt Line onto the toll road east to the New Jersey Turnpike. A petition to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 2007 gave preliminary approval to renumber the former I-95 between Bristol and Lawrence Township, New Jersey and I-295 from White Horse and U.S. 1, as an extension of Interstate 195. This changed again in 2014, when a proposal emerged to instead renumber this as Interstate 395. By 2015, the original plan to extend I-295 west to Bucks County, Pennsylvania over the old route for I-95 was approved by AASHTO. Flyovers connecting I-95 with the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Levittown, Pennsylvania opened to traffic on September 23, 2018, finalizing the extension of I-295.

Highway Guides

East End Route 34 Garden State Parkway Route 138 – Wall Township, New Jersey

I-195 East at Route 34 Route 138

I-195 east at Garden State Pkwy/Route 34 - Wall Twp, NJ

Interstate 195 winds northward around Brisbane Lake toward the cloverleaf interchange (Exits 35A/B) with Route 34. I-195 ends at the Garden State Parkway, which parallels Route 34 just to the east. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

I-195 east at Route 34 - Wall Twp, NJ

A Breezewood style connection joins I-195 east with the Garden State Parkway from Route 34 south (Exit 35 A). A southbound entrance ramp to the parkway departs from nearby while Route 34 continues south to Point Pleasant Beach. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

I-195 east at Route 34 - Wall Twp, NJ

Exit 36 joins Interstate 195 east with the Garden State Parkway north directly in 0.75 miles. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

I-195 east at Route 34 - Wall Twp, NJ

Milepost zero for Interstate 195 stands below the Route 34 overpasses at Exit 35. Route 138 begins here and continues the exit numbering for I-195 to the Garden State Parkway. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

Route 138 West at Garden State Parkway I-195 Route 34

Route 138 west at I-195/Route 38

A three quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 36) provides partial access between Route 138 and the Garden State Parkway. As was the case with I-195 east, motorists on Route 138 west bound for the Parkway south toward Atlantic City are directed onto Route 34 for its ramp. Photo by Chris Mason (11/01).

Route 34 North at I-195

Route 34 north at I-195 - Wall Twp, NJ

Route 34 north at the loop ramp for the Interstate 195 west toward Trenton. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

Route 34 South at I-195

Route 34 south at I-195 - Wall Twp, NJ

Heading south from Collingwood Park and Monmouth Executive Airport (BLM), Route 34 enters the cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 195 west and Route 138 east. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

West End I-295 NJ 29 – White Horse, New Jersey

I-195 West at I-295 Route 29

I-195 west at US 206 - White Horse, NJ

Interstate 195 curves southwest by Gropp Lake beyond the initial guide sign for I-295, Route 29 and Route 129. 12/17/17

I-195 west at US 206 - White Horse, NJ

Exit 2 departs I-195 west for Arena Drive north and Broad Street west to U.S. 206 in White Horse. Prior to completion of the freeway west, I-195 temporarily ended at Exit 2. 08/30/05

I-195 west at I-295/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

A half cloverleaf interchange joins U.S. 206 with I-195 directly. Three lanes continue west to Exits 1 B/A (formerly 60 B/A) with I-295 and Route 29. 12/27/18

I-195 west at I-295/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

A second end shield stands along Interstate 195 west as the freeway passes wetland areas north of Crosswicks Creek. 12/27/18

I-195 west at I-295/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Hobson Avenue spans the last half mile of Interstate 195 west. I-295 was extended around the north side of Trenton en route to the Scudder Falls Bridge to Yardley, Pennsylvania in 2018. 12/27/18

I-195 west at I-295/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Exit 1B leaves for Interstate 295 north to U.S. 1 near Lawrenceville. A loop ramp (Exit 1A) follows for I-295 south to Bordentown, Cherry Hill and Camden. 12/27/18

I-195 west at I-295/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Route 29 extends northwest from the end of I-195 into the city of Trenton. The state route navigates through a tunnel completed in 2002 to Downtown. 12/17/17

Route 29 South at I-195 I-295

Route 29 south at I-195/295 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

Curving east from Route 129, Route 29 advances east to Exits 1 A/B for Interstate 295. 12/27/18

Route 29 south at I-195/295 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

Route 29 transitions onto Interstate 195 east with three lanes. 12/27/18

Route 29 south at I-195/295 - White Horse, NJ

Interstate 295 encircles Trenton north toward Princeton and parallels the New Jersey Turnpike south from Bordentown to Camden. 12/27/18

Route 29 south at I-195/295 - White Horse, NJ
Route 29 south at I-195/295 - White Horse, NJ

Route 29 south concludes a nearly 35-mile route from Frenchtown at the Trenton Complex. Interstate 195 takes over along the freeway as it advances east through White Horse. 12/27/18, 12/19/17

I-295 South at I-195 Route 29

I-295 south at I-195/Route 29 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

The first in a series of guide signs for I-195 east and Route 29 appears along Interstate 295 south at the Kuser Road overpass in Hamilton Township. 12/19/17

I-295 south at I-195/Route 29 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

Arena Drive winds east from Interstate 295 to meet I-195 at White Horse. Advancing south I-295 drops below grade on the one mile approach to Exits 60 B/A. 12/19/17

I-295 south at I-195/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Clinton Avenue and parallel U.S. 206 (Broad Street) span Interstate 295 a half mile north of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 60) with I-195 east and Route 29 north. 12/19/17

I-295 south at I-195/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

A collector distributor roadway shifts departing traffic bound for Route 29 north through Trenton and I-195 east toward the New Jersey Turnpike and Belmar away from the I-295 southbound mainline. 12/19/17

I-295 south at I-195/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Exit 60 B leaves the I-295 south c/d roadway for Route 29 north to John Fitch Parkway. Exit 60 A loops onto I-195 east ahead of U.S. 206 at White Horse. Photo by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

I-295 North at I-195 Route 29

I-295 north at I-195/Route 29 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

Interstate 295 straddles the east side of the Delaware River north from Bordentown. The freeway meets I-195 and Route 29 two miles north of the scenic overlook at Delaware Raritan Canal State Park. 12/27/18

I-295 north at I-195/Route 29 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

Continuing north onto Duck Island, one mile ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 60A/B) with Interstate 195 and Route 29. 12/27/18

I-295 north at I-195/Route 29 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

I-195 connects the capital city of Trenton with the I-95/New Jersey Turnpike, 6.7 miles to the east at Robbinsville Township. Belmar lies beyond the east end of the freeway along Route 138. 12/27/18

I-295 north at I-195/Route 29 - Hamilton Twp, NJ

Exit 60 carries travelers headed to both Route 29 north through Trenton and I-195 east toward the New Jersey shore while the I-295 mainline retains three lanes north to Mercerville and Hamilton Township. 12/27/18

I-295 north at I-195/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Exit 60 departs Interstate 295 north for I-195 east and Route 29 north from bridges carrying the freeway over the Delaware Raritan Canal and Crosswick Creek. 12/27/18

I-295 north at I-195/Route 29 - White Horse, NJ

Construction of the $400 million Trenton-Complex project included the freeway for Route 29 linking I-195 and I-295 with Route 129 and the half mile long tunnel under Lamberton Park. Route 29 straddles the Delaware River along a controlled access parkway from Downtown Trenton to I-295 again at Exit 76. 12/27/18

I-195 West End Throwback

I-195 west at US 206 - 2002

Button copy signs previously posted at Exit 2 for Arena Drive, Broad Street and U.S. 206. Until 1994, I-295 traffic was diverted onto U.S. 130 east, U.S. 206 north through Bordentown and I-195 west to circumvent the incomplete segment of the freeway. Photo by Douglas Kerr (06/16/02).

Page updated December 14, 2020.