Interstate 195 New Jersey

Routing

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.

Interstate 195 east at the New Jersey Turnpike, which doubles as Interstate 95 northward to North Jersey. The interchange linking I-195 with I-95 was redesigned as part of the 2009-14 Turnpike expansion project. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

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

History

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.

Highway Guides

Western Terminus - Interstate 295 and New Jersey 29 - White Horse, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 195 west
Interstate 195 curves southwest by Gropp Lake beyond the initial guide sign for I-295, NJ 29 and NJ 129. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Exit 2 departs I-195 west for Arena Drive north and Broad Street west to U.S. 206 in White Horse. This is the last off-ramp from the westbound mainline. Photo taken 08/30/05.
A half cloverleaf interchange joins U.S. 206 with I-195 directly. Three lanes continue west to Exits 1B/A (formerly 60B/A) with I-295 and New Jersey 129. Photo taken 08/30/05.
A second end shield stands along Interstate 195 west as the freeway passes wetland areas north of Crosswicks Creek. Photo taken 08/30/05.
Hobson Avenue spans the last half mile of Interstate 195 west. As of 2018, I-295 wraps around the north side of Trenton en route to the Scudder Falls Bridge to Yardley, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 08/30/05.
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. Photo taken 12/17/17.
New Jersey 29 takes over for the ending I-195 along a freeway extending northwest into the city of Trenton. The state route navigates through a 2002-completed tunnel through to Downtown. Photo taken 12/17/17.
Historical Perspective from Interstate 195 west
Replaced end sign for Interstate 195, posted 2.5 miles ahead of the Trenton Complex interchange. Prior to completion of the freeway west, I-195 temporarily ended at forthcoming Arena Drive (Exit 2). Photo taken 08/30/05.
Non reflectorized button copy signs previously posted at the Arena Drive and Broad Street off-ramp (Exit 2) to U.S. 206. Until 1994, I-295 traffic was diverted onto U.S. 130 east to U.S. 206 north through Bordentown to Interstate 195. Traffic then followed I-195 westbound for the return to I-295 north. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (06/16/02).
Perspective from New Jersey 29 south
New Jersey 29 south concludes a nearly 35-mile route from Frenchtown at the Trenton Complex. Interstate 195 takes over for the freeway as it advances east through White Horse. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Perspective from Interstate 295 north
Interstate 295 hugs the east side of the Delaware River north from Bordentown. The freeway meets I-195 east and NJ 29 north two miles north of the scenic overlook at Delaware Raritan Canal State Park. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Continuing north onto Duck Island, one mile ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 60A/B) with Interstate 195 and New Jersey 29. Photo taken 08/29/05.
I-195 connects the capital city of Trenton with the New Jersey Turnpike, 6.7 miles to the east at Robbinsville Township. Belmar lies beyond the east end of the freeway along New Jersey 138. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Exit 60 carries travelers headed to both NJ 29 north through Trenton and I-195 east toward the New Jersey shore in unison while the I-295 mainline retains three lanes north to Mercerville and Hamilton Township. Photo taken 08/29/05.
Exit 60 departs Interstate 295 north for I-195 east and NJ 29 north from bridges carrying the freeway over the Delaware Raritan Canal and Crosswick Creek. Photo taken by 08/29/05.
Construction of the $400 million Trenton-Complex project included the freeway for NJ 29 linking I-195 and I-295 with NJ 129 and the half mile long tunnel under Lamberton Park. NJ 29 straddles the Delaware River along a controlled access parkway from Downtown Trenton to meet I-295 again at Exit 76. Photo taken by 08/29/05.
Perspective from Interstate 295 south
The first in a series of guide signs for I-195 east and NJ 29 appears along Interstate 295 south at the Kuser Road overpass in Hamilton Township. Photo taken 12/19/17.
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 60B/A. Photo taken 12/19/17.
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 NJ 29 north. Photo taken 12/19/17.
A collector distributor roadway shifts departing traffic bound for NJ 29 north through Trenton and I-195 east toward the New Jersey Turnpike and Belmar away from the I-295 southbound mainline. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Exit 60B leaves the I-295 south c/d roadway for NJ 29 north to John Fitch Parkway. Exit 60A loops onto I-195 east ahead of U.S. 206 at White Horse. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Eastern Terminus - New Jersey 34 - Belmar, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 195 east
Interstate 195 winds northward around Brisbane Lake toward the cloverleaf interchange (Exits 35A/B) with New Jersey 34. I-195 ends at the Garden State Parkway, which parallels NJ 34 just to the east. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
A Breezewood style connection joins I-195 east with the Garden State Parkway from NJ 34 south (Exit 35A). A southbound on-ramp to the parkway departs from nearby; NJ 34 otherwise continues south to Point Pleasant Beach. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Exit 36 joins Interstate 195 east with the Garden State Parkway north directly in 0.75 miles. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Milepost zero for Interstate 195 stands below the New Jersey 34 overpasses at Exit 35. New Jersey 138 begins here and continues the exit numbering for I-195 to the Garden State Parkway. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Perspective from New Jersey 138 west
A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 36) provides partial access between NJ 138 and the Garden State Parkway. As was the case with I-195 east, motorists on NJ 138 west bound for the Parkway south toward Atlantic City are directed onto NJ 34 for its ramp. Photo taken by Chris Mason (11/01).
Perspective from New Jersey 34 north
New Jersey 34 north at the loop ramp for the Interstate 195 west toward Trenton. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).
Perspective from New Jersey 34 south
Heading south from Collingwood Park and Monmouth Executive Airport (BLM), New Jersey 34 enters the full cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 195 west and New Jersey 138 east. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (06/30/05).

Sources:

  1. Interstate 195 (New Jersey) (NYCRoads).
  2. "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.

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Mileage

State New Jersey
Mileage 34.17
Cities Trenton, Hamilton, Asbury Park
Junctions I-295, I-95/ New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway
Source: December 31, 2016 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
The initial construction of Interstate 195 between CR 524 and Monmouth County 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
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