The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is dedicated to the safe and efficient movement of people and goods over two of the busiest toll roads in the United States – the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. The Authority’s highways are a critical link in the transportation network of the Northeast Corridor. Every day, the Turnpike and the Parkway provide the safest, quickest, and most convenient routes for hundreds of thousands of commuters, truckers, and recreational travelers.
The Turnpike was the first toll road in New Jersey and the third in the nation when it opened in 1951. It has grown over time from 118 miles to 148 with the addition of the Newark Bay Hudson County Extension (1956), the Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension (1956), the Western Spur (1970) and the I-95 Extension (1992). The road has grown wider over the years, too. Originally four lanes for its full length, it’s now as wide as 14 lanes in some areas. There are 366 toll lanes at the 28 interchanges. They include 142 entry lanes and 222 exit lanes. E-ZPass is accepted in all lanes. There are express E-ZPass lanes at interchanges 1, 6 and 18W. For drivers who don't have E-ZPass, there are 69 entry lanes with dual-height ticket machines and 108 staffed exit lanes.
The Parkway, which opened to traffic in 1954, passes through 50 municipalities in 10 counties between the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Cape May and the New York State line at Montvale. The highway is still at its original four lanes south of milepost 40 in Atlantic County and north of milepost 168 in Bergen County, but it has grown much wider in between. It’s now 12 lanes at its widest point in Monmouth and Middlesex counties. The Parkway maintains a total of 365 exits and entrances. Tolls are collected at 49 locations, including 11 plazas on the main roadway and 38 on entrance or exit ramps. Express E-ZPass lanes operate at the Pascack Valley, Raritan, Asbury, Toms River, Barnegat and Cape May plazas.