New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 1 Toll Plaza Relocation | New Jersey, US
The New Jersey Turnpike is a main artery in the busy eastern seaboard transportation network. The southern entrance of the 148-mile turnpike is often referred to as the “Gateway to New Jersey.”
In peak hours, traffic frequently backed up at the toll plaza on the south terminus of the turnpike due to a lack of capacity. To accommodate increased traffic, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority initiated a project to demolish the old toll plaza and construct a new one with additional lanes.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority selected Louis Berger to serve as engineer and architect of the relocation of the toll plaza. Louis Berger conducted a site study along a 4.2-mile section of the turnpike, designed a new 23-lane toll plaza and prepared an environmental assessment.
Highlights of the completed project at Carney’s Point, N.J., included:
- A new “Gateway to New Jersey” signature structure, with gentle curves, a unique limestone facade, transparent overhead walkways and a soaring central tower.
- Reduced congestion through the toll plaza.
- A 21.85-acre wetland mitigation site, bedded with native trees, grasses and plants and maintained at a water level favorable to amphibian breeding.