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Interstate 295 (New Jersey)
Interstate 295 in New Jersey and Delaware is a bypass route from a junction with I-95 south of Wilmington, Delaware to a junction with I-95 north of Trenton, New Jersey. The route runs parallel with the New Jersey Turnpike for most of its course. With the completion of the interchange between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol, Pennsylvania, I-95 will be routed onto the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 6.
I-295 crosses the Delaware River via the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which is actually two high-arcing suspension bridges carrying traffic in opposite directions. One bridge carries traffic from Delaware to New Jersey, while the other span carries traffic from New Jersey to Delaware. At the north end of the toll bridge, and a connection is provided with the south end of the New Jersey Turnpike. The Delaware Memorial Bridge is the only toll portion of the facility.
I-295 will be extended along the remaining I-95 corridor in New Jersey and into Pennsylvania, making it only the second spur interstate to enter three states (after I-275 in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana), and the third-longest in the country after I-476 in Pennsylvania and I-495 in Massachusetts. The New Jersey Department of Transportation has already renumbered the extension of the New Jersey Turnpike to I-95 on their visitors' map in anticipation of the change.
Even though Pennsylvania is building an intersection between the PA Turnpike and I-95, no such exit exists in New Jersey between I-295 and the PA Turnpike Extension. In other words, I-295 crosses over its parent without an intersection, circles Trenton, then goes back south on the Pennsylvania side to meet I-95, creating a serpentine 113-mile highway.
All of this is because the Somerset Freeway in central New Jersey, which would have made I-95 a continuous highway, has not been built due to environmental reasons.
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