Interstate 195 New Jersey
Interstate 195 is an east-west freeway linking Trenton and Princeton to the Jersey Shore. The western seven miles serves suburban areas and industrial parks in Hamilton Township while linking the capital city with the New Jersey Turnpike at Robbinsville Township. Further east, the Center Jersey Expressway traverses rural areas of the Pine Barrens while serving traffic bound for the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park at Jackson Township. The east end of I-195 transitions to New Jersey 138 at the Garden State Parkway in Wall Township. NJ 138 connects the route with NJ 35 leading into the borough of Belmar on the coast.
Sign changes underway in January 2018 renumber I-95 in Mercer County, New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania as an extension of Interstate 295. Work includes the renumbering of the western most two interchanges along I-195. Exits 60A/B at Interstate 295, which reflected the mileage of I-295 south to Delaware, become Exits 1A/B. Old Exits 1A/B with U.S. 206 become new Exits 1C/D.2
East End – Belmar, NJ
West End – White Horse, NJ
Mileage – 34.17
Cities – Trenton, Hamilton, Asbury Park
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
Interstate 195 opened first between Washington (Robbinsville) Township and Jackson Mills in 1972.1
The easternmost six mile portion of Interstate 195 was completed in 1981 between Squankum and Wall Township in Monmouth County.1
The Central Jersey Expressway system plans in the late 1950s outlined a route for New Jersey 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 (NJ 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 NJ 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 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. Work on the new interchange at Bristol runs through 2018.
East End – Belmar, New Jersey
West End – White Horse, New Jersey
- Interstate 195 (New Jersey) (NYCRoads).
- "I-95 in Mercer County to be renamed I-295 in early 2018, several exit numbers to change." PlanetPrinceton, December 21, 2017.
Page updated January 12, 2018.