In 1969, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) proposed a 10.2-mile-long, $20 million freeway along the NJ 45 corridor in Gloucester County. The NJ 45 Freeway, which was to extend from I-295 (at EXIT 24) in Woodbury south to the proposed US 322 Freeway in Mullica Hill, was scheduled for completion by 1985. It was part of a "maximum test" freeway network devised by the DVRPC to handle traffic demands beyond 1985.

However, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) neither made specific plans for the NJ 45 Freeway, nor approved the DVRPC proposal. Instead, the NJDOT proposed a four-lane-divided widening of the entire length of NJ 45 from Woodbury south to Salem. (Only a short section of this project was completed.)

SOURCES: "New Jersey Builds Better Highways," New Jersey State Highway Department (1961); 1985 Regional Transportation Plan, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (1969); New Jersey Department of Transportation; Brian Polidoro.

  • NJ 45 shield by Ralph Herman.


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