UPDATE: After this story ran, we heard from the state Department of Transportation, which provided the following statement:

NJDOT is in the process of updating the sign with new arrows that are diagonal and point up and toward the right (see below) to help avoid any possible confusion. However, approximately 70,000 vehicles drive on Route 440 southbound each day, and since the sign was installed in September 2021, the Department has not received any complaints from motorists saying they are confused by the sign.


If you travel on New Jersey Route 440 South in Woodridge, you've no doubt noticed the upgrade that was done in the fall of 2021 on the freeway. The problem, however, is how the work was completed.

Now, it's not like this is an active construction zone. When road work is being done, sometimes signs might not line up exactly. That's to be expected.

But when a project is completed, one would expect the signage would at least match up to the road improvements that were recently done. Unfortunately, New Jersey missed the mark on this one.

And it's not just any roadway. We're talking about NJ-440 & I-287, perhaps one of the most dangerous and heavily trafficked highways in New Jersey.

NJ 440/ I-287 in Woodbridge
Photo via Google Maps
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So what exactly is misaligned that could be considered dangerous? And while we're at it, why does one portion of the highway become more confusing for no apparent reason? Let's dive in and check it out.

Examples why 440/287 can be both potentially dangerous, and unnecessarily confusing

As if the traffic on NJ-440 & I-287 isn't bad enough.

The 10 free bridges from New Jersey to Pennsylvania (and vice versa!)

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission oversees many of these free crossings, and their method is one that is a foreign concept to those in charge in the Garden State. The group, which is a bi-state agency appointed by officials in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, uses revenue generated from larger, more heavily trafficked crossings to maintain the free ones.