Drive You Crazy


Complex Highway Interchanges

Madonna is my role model - she's such a powerful woman.
I love Gwenyth Paltrow, she's an actress I aspire to be like.
And, of course, my mom.
She drove me from New Jersey to New York every day for commercials so I could get where I am today.

- Kirsten Dunst

Take a drive on the New Jersey Turnpike (completed in 1952).  It is the busiest road in the United States, and thousands of cars crowd onto it each day.  It is also the country's widest road, bulging up to 12 lanes wide in some stretches.  It was the first major highway to install guardrails along its entire length, preventing out-of-control vehicles from crossing the median strip and causing head-on collisions.  Similar guardrails were soon adopted by other states, where they were called "Jersey Rails."

Today, the state has more than 34,000 miles (55,000 km) of roadways.  An average of almost 5,000 vehicles roll over each mile of highway each day.

Source: New Jersey by R Conrad Stein 1998







Source: New Jersey State Road Atlas Hagstrom Map Company Incorporated 2001

What could I possibly add?  New Jersey's freeways speak for themselves...

See also:

bulletGreat Map Online (an external site) - of New Jersey's main freeways

The Other Thing New Jersey Is Noted for...

An enormous facility for fuel storage, transport, and refining.

Previously operated by Exxon, this area located on East 22nd Street is also one big superfund site.  Toxic wastes.  This place really looks the part, and more than likely will never be cleaned up due to the costs involved.  New Jersey is known as The Garden State.  We used to call this a tank farm (perhaps they call it a tank garden?).  Note the lack of any of the security apparatus that you find around prisons or military bases - no gate towers or limited access.  Certainly there must be a fence?

Source: 6 June 2005

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