State Route 42 in New Jersey

State Route 3, 4 and 42 in New Jersey

State Route 3 in New Jersey

Get started Clifton
End North Bergen
Length 11 mi
Length 17 km
  • → Clifton
  • Montclair
  • paterson
  • Bloomfield
  • Garden State Parkway
  • passaic
  • Nutley
  • Main Avenue
  • → Newark / Paterson
  • Riverside Avenue
  • Rutherford
  • East Rutherford
  • → Philadelphia
  • Meadowlands Parkway
  • secaucus
  • North Bergen
  • → New York
  • → Manhattan

State Route 3 or SR-3 is a state route in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway forms an east-west connection in western New York City, running from the suburb of Clifton to the suburb of North Bergen. The highway is 17 kilometers long.

Travel directions

State Route 3 overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

State Route 3 begins as a branch of US 46 and has 2×3 lanes. It passes through the suburb of Clifton which has a population of 79,000. It crosses the Garden State Parkway, which runs north from Newark and Atlantic City to Paterson and New City. There are several industrial estates along the highway. The highway is partially substandard, with very short entry and exit lanes. At Rutherford one crosses SR-21, which runs from Newark to Paterson. One passes by the Giants Stadium, a stadium in New Jersey for the New York Giants. A parking lot of one by two kilometers is located around it. After this, one crosses the west branch of Interstate 95, the New Jersey Turnpike. One then enters the suburb of Secaucus, and a little further crosses the east branch of I-95. It immediately crosses SR-495, and the road ends at Tonelle Avenue.

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In the mid-1930s, the Lincoln Tunnel between Weehawken and Manhattan was under construction, which was when the first plans arose to connect northern suburban New Jersey with the tunnel. Construction of a 2×2 highway began in early 1940, but was interrupted before World War II. After the Second World War, construction was resumed and the entire highway opened on July 31, 1949 over 17 kilometers.

Between 2010 and 2014, the 2×3 lane bascule bridge over the Passaic River at Rutherford was replaced by a wider 10-lane fixed bridge (2+3+3+2 with hard shoulder). The new bridge was completed on August 15, 2014. The project cost $169 million. The NJ-3 between the bridge and NJ-17 has also been widened to 2×4 lanes.

Traffic intensities

The intensity starts with 112,000 vehicles at the junction with US 46, and increases to 151,000 in Secaucus, the busiest section of the highway. 100,000 vehicles drive every 24 hours in North Bergen.

Lane Configuration

The SR-3 has no exit numbering.

From Unpleasant Lanes
SR-495 I-95 2×3
I-95 SR-21 2×4
SR-21 US 46 2×3

State Route 4 in New Jersey

Get started Hackensack
End Fort Lee
Length 11 mi
Length 17 km
patersonFair Lawn





→ New York

State Route 4 or SR-4 is a state route in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The road is part highway and runs from Paterson to Fort Lee in the New York metropolitan area. The highway portion runs from Hackensack to Fort Lee, where the road connects to Interstate 80 and Interstate 95. The entire route is 17 kilometers long.

Travel directions

State Route 4 in Hackensack.

The highway begins on the north side of Hackensack, a suburb of 44,000 people. Crossing the Hackensack River, you arrive at Teaneck, where there are 2 or 3 lanes of traffic in each direction. The highway is substandard, with no good entry and exit lanes. The highway joins I-95 at a complex interchange in Fort Lee, just before the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan. There are 23 lanes here, which are often closed for the toll plaza of the GW Bridge.


The State Route 4 number was assigned to several roads before it was decided to assign the route to the Paterson – Fort Lee main road. The road was built between 1930 and 1933 to connect Paterson to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. There were later plans to convert the entire road into an Expressway, but the parallel construction of Interstate 80 made this unnecessary.

Traffic intensities

The intensity is high for this road, with intensities around 135,000 in Hackensack. This runs down to 84,000 in Englewood.

Lane Configuration

The SR-4 has no exit numbering.

From Unpleasant Lanes
I-95 teaneck 2×2
teaneck SR-17 2×3
SR-17 SR-208 2×2

State Route 42 in New Jersey

Get started Bellmawr
End Williamstown
Length 14 mi
Length 23 km
Atlantic City Expressway



Pine Hill


Chews Landing


→ Vineland

Deptford Township


→ Philadelphia / Trenton

State Route 42 or SR-42 is a state route in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Located in the southeastern part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the road connects Interstate 76 to the Atlantic City Expressway, continuing for several miles from there as a main road to Williamstown. The route is 23 kilometers long.

Travel directions

At the height of the Bellmawr suburb, Interstate 76 becomes State Route 42 at Interstate 295. The highway here is called the North South Freeway. The highway has 2×4 lanes, and it goes over the New Jersey Turnpike, but there are no interchanges. Soon after, State Route 55 turns off, a highway to Vineland and Millville. The highway then has 2×3 lanes while passing through a number of suburbs. At Turnersville, SR-42 becomes the Atlantic City Expressway to Atlantic City, while SR-42 exits to the OWN. The SR-42 then becomes a single-storey four-lane trunk road. This continues until the suburb of Williamstown, where SR-42 becomes US 322 towards Atlantic City.


In 1932, the current route was proposed as a parkway from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden to Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Expressway. However, without a strongman like Robert Moses in New York City, the plans were not carried out. In the late 1940s, ideas resurfaced to build a north-south highway connecting the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to areas further south, and these plans were bolstered after the opening of the Walt Whitman Bridge in 1953.

In the early 1950s they started getting the right of way and construction followed soon after. The first 7-kilometer section opened in 1958 between I-295 in Bellmawr and NJ-168 in Blackwood. In 1959, the remaining 3 miles were opened up to Turnersville. In 1965 the Atlantic City Expressway connected to it. In the years that followed, the NJ-42 was widened to 2×3 and 2×4 lanes. In 1985, the interchange opened with the then-new SR-55 highway.

Traffic intensities

Exit Location 2007
Atlantic City Expressway 86,000
blackwood 119,000
SR-55 167,000

State Route 42 in New Jersey