Phillipsburg-Newark Expressway, New Jersey Turnpike, 12th Street, 14th Street, Holland Tunnel

Westbound Views

I-78 emerges from the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City and runs west on 14th Street. This is one of the few places in the country where there are traffic lights on an interstate.
Photos taken 2009-2013.
The roadway splits. Bear left for the Pulaski Skyway (NJ 139). Bear right to stay on I-78. There is also an exit in the center for Kennedy Boulevard (CR 501).
Photos taken August 2009.
Here, I-78 is the Newark Bay Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Photos taken December 2007.
The Liberty Science Center is visible on the left.
Photo taken December 2007.
There is a toll barrier. All vehicles without E-ZPass must get a ticket stating where they got onto the turnpike.
Photos taken 2007-2009.
The exits on the turnpike extension are numbered as if they were exits from the mainline of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). The first exit, exit 14B, is for Jersey City and Liberty State Park.
Photos taken December 2007.
Exit 14A is for NJ 440. The route number is not posted on the signs, making it easy to get lost here.
Photos taken November 2015.
The Newark Bay Bridge crosses Newark Bay to Newark.
Photos taken September 2019.
The turnpike extension ends here. There are exits for the mainline of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), as well as US 1/US 9 and US 22. Continue straight ahead to stay on I-78. Motorists who do not exit for the mainline of the turnpike are considered to be exiting the turnpike at exit 14, as is indicated by the signage. It is confusing to have to take a numbered exit to stay on an interstate when there isn't any multiplex, but this is New Jersey, so confusing signage isn't anything out of the ordinary here.
Photos taken September 2019.
There is a tollbooth. All motorists who do not have E-ZPass must hand in their tickets and pay a toll depending on how far they have travelled on the turnpike.
Photos taken September 2019.
From this point west, I-78 is known as the Phillipsburg-Newark Expressway. The roadway splits into express lanes and local lanes. The express lanes provide access to only the most major exits, while the local lanes provide access to all exits. There are unnumbered exits for US 1/US 9 and Port Newark. There is access to NJ 21 and US 22 from US 1/US 9 south.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 57 is for Newark Airport.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 56 is for West Runyon Street and Elizabeth Avenue.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 55 is for Hillside and Irvington.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 52 is for the Garden State Parkway (NJ 444).
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 50B is for Millburn and Maplewood. Exit 50A is for Union. The exits lead to Vauxhall Road (CR 630), but only the town names are posted.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 48 is for the Morris-Essex Turnpike Bypass (NJ 24). The local lanes end here. There is a crossover to the express lanes to remain on I-78. All motorists who continue straight ahead in the local lanes are forced onto NJ 24.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 43 is for New Providence and Berkeley Heights. It leads to Diamond Hill Road (CR 655), but only the town names are posted.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 41 is for Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains. It leads to Plainfield Avenue (CR 641), but only the town names are posted.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 40 is for Hillcrest Road (CR 531).
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 36 is for King George Road (CR 651).
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 33 is for Martinsville-Liberty Corner Road (CR 525).
Photos taken September 2019.
There is a scenic overlook between exit 33 and exit 29.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 29 is for the Middlesex Freeway (I-287) and US 202/US 206.
Photos taken September 2019.
West of exit 29, there is a short section with only two westbound lanes. Additional lanes merge in from both sides and then end, bringing the expressway back to three westbound lanes.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 26 is for Rattlesnake Bridge Road (Spur CR 523).
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 24 is for Oldwick Road (CR 523) and Old Turnpike Road (CR 517).
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 20B is for Cokesbury. Exit 20A is for Lebanon and the Round Valley Recreation Area. The exits lead to Cokesbury Road (CR 639), but only the town names are posted.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 18 is for Annandale. It leads to Beaver Avenue (CR 626), but only the town name is posted. US 22 merges with I-78 at this exit, and the two routes are multiplexed from to Phillipsburg near the border with Pennsylvania.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 17 is for NJ 31.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 15 is for West Main Street (NJ 173) east.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 13 is for NJ 173 west.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 12 is for NJ 173.
Photos taken September 2019.
Exit 11 is for NJ 173.
Photos taken September 2019.

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