I-95 is a main interstate that runs along the east coast from Florida to Maine. In New Jersey, it follows the New Jersey Turnpike, which is the state's main toll highway. The New Jersey section of I-95 begins at the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) at the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border. It runs east for a short distance as a turnpike extension before joining the mainline of the turnpike, which carries the unsigned designation of NJ 700 south of this point. The mainline of the turnpike runs north toward New York City. It has two sets of lanes in each direction. The inner lanes are for cars only and the outer lanes are for all types of vehicles. In the area near the Lincoln Tunnel (NJ 495), the turnpike splits into two parallel spurs, an eastern spur for traffic to and from the tunnel and a western spur for through traffic. The two spurs merge back together after a few miles. At its northern end, the turnpike has an interchange with I-80 at its eastern terminus, curves to the east, and crosses the George Washington Bridge to New York. I-95 continues into New York as the Cross Bronx Expressway.
Please note that this section of I-95 does not connect to the Delaware Expressway (I-95) in Pennsylvania. Instead, the Pennsylvania section of I-95 runs north along the Delaware River to the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border in Trenton. It crosses the border to become a separate section of I-95 in New Jersey with no name that does not connect to the New Jersey Turnpike. It runs north a short distance to US 1, where it curves to the south and becomes I-295. This routing, guaranteed to cause a great deal of confusion, exists because there were plans for an expressway that would have run roughly along the current route of US 1 from the unnamed section of I-95 to the New Jersey Turnpike in the vicinity of I-287. The expressway would have carried the I-95 designation and connected the two sections.
Work is currently in progress on an interchange between the Delaware Expressway (I-95) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) in Pennsylvania. When the construction is completed, I-95 will be rerouted to leave the Delaware Expressway at this interchange and follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike across the Delaware River to connect with the New Jersey Turnpike. At that time, the section of the Delaware Expressway north of this interchange, as well as the unnamed section of I-95 in New Jersey, will be redesignated I-295.
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