New Jersey’s Most Dangerous Road – Which Is It?
You’re out there every day. Or in my case, every night.
And there are bottlenecks you have to negotiate – road hazards you have to avoid – pitfalls aplenty.
Recently a list has been compiled of the most dangerous here in the Garden State.
A majority of the top 10 most dangerous state roadways in New Jersey run through counties in North Jersey, according to a list compiled by Point Pleasant Patch.
The most dangerous roadway in the state is in Hudson County: Route 139U, at Pulaski Skyway terminus in Jersey City. The road, a connector to the Holland Tunnel, has had 14.59 accidents for every million miles traveled, the report said.
Three of these roadways run through Union County: Morris Avenue/Route 82 in Springfield, Bayway/Route 439 in Linden and Elizabeth and Route 28.
Essex County harbors two of the most dangerous, Route 124 and Route 7/Belleville Turnpike, while Bergen County also contains two, Palisade, Lemoine Avenues/Route 67 and Bergen Boulevard/Route 63.
Near the bottom of the list are Route 156 in Hamilton Township and Route 182 in Hackettstown.
The list is based on 2012 data from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Number 7 is Route 156 (Hamilton Township, Mercer County) It had a rate of 9.39 accidents for every million miles traveled in 2012.
Number 10 is Route 28 (Somerset, Union counties) The long road had a rate of 8.28 accidents for every million miles traveled in 2012.
Number 11 is Route 27 (Middlesex, Mercer counties) Route 27 serves as a main artery Princeton and New Brunswick. The road had a rate of 7.86 accidents for every million miles traveled in 2012.
Number 15 is Route 66 (Neptune, Asbury Park) Route 66 serves as an important connector between the Garden State Parkway to the west and Route 18 and Asbury Park to the east The road had a rate of 6.11 accidents for every million miles traveled in 2012.
Number 18 is Route 88 (Point Pleasant, Brick, Lakewood) Made famous for its mention in the Bruce Springsteen song, “Spirit in the Night,” Route 88 is a state highway that runs 10.02 miles beginning at U.S. Route 9 in Lakewood, passing through Brick Township and ending at Route 35 in Point Pleasant Beach. Route 88 had a rate of 5.63 accidents for every million miles traveled in 2012.
For my money, the worst of the bunch is Route One in Lawrence passing the Quakerbridge Mall.
A divider separates the main roadway from the approaches to the mall, but the mergers are approached by drivers who drive like kamikaze pilots. Add to that the fact that as you travel down toward the intersection of Route 95, many cars traveling in the right lane mistakenly wind up on 95 that wish to continue on Route 1.
The result is that drivers make last minute decisions and swerve back onto Route 1 at the last minute causing a dangerous condition.
Where’s the road you’d consider “Jersey’s Most Dangerous?”