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New Jersey Route 68

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Route 68 marker

Route 68
Fort Dix Access Highway
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length: 7.92 mi[1] (12.75 km)
Existed: 1953 – present
Major junctions
South end: CR 616 in New Hanover Township (Fort Dix)
  CR 537 in Springfield Township
North end: US 206 in Mansfield Township
Location
Counties: Burlington
Highway system
Route 67 Route 69

Route 68 is a state highway located in Burlington County in the U.S. state of New Jersey, serving as the main connector between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Fort Dix entity of Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst (JB MDL). It runs from County Route 616 (CR 616) inside Fort Dix to U.S. Route 206 (US 206) in Mansfield Township, 0.34 mi (0.55 km) south of the New Jersey Turnpike; a total route length of 7.92 mi (12.75 km). The route passes through Wrightstown and Springfield Township as a two-lane undivided road, crossing CR 537. It continues through Mansfield Township as a four-lane divided highway, intersecting with CR 543. Outside of JB MDL, Route 68 passes through mostly agricultural and residential areas.

The route was originally designated as Route S39 in 1941, a spur of Route 39 (present-day US 206) that was to provide improved access to Fort Dix during World War II. In 1953, Route S39 became Route 68 and it was legislated to extend south of Fort Dix to the Four Mile Circle with Route 70 and Route 72. A freeway for Route 68 was proposed to run between a planned Route 38 freeway and the Four Mile Circle in 1960; however, it was never built.

Route description[edit]

Southbound two-lane undivided section of Route 68 near Fort Dix

Route 68 begins at General Circle (inaccessible to the general public) with CR 616 on the grounds of Fort Dix in New Hanover Township, heading to the north as a four-lane divided highway called Fort Dix Road.[1][2] After passing a security gate to JB MDL, the road continues through public areas of the fort and crosses into Wrightstown, where it narrows into a two-lane undivided road before heading into Springfield Township.[1] The route exits JB MDL at its intersection with CR 670 and upon leaving the fort, it heads through a mix of farmland and woodland. Route 68 crosses CR 537 before continuing north into agricultural areas with some homes.[1][2]

The road enters Mansfield Township where it widens into a four-lane divided highway as it intersects a road that provides access to parallel CR 545 to the east, which heads south to serve as an access road to McGuire Air Force Base. From here, the route turns northwest and crosses CR 543 before heading through a mix of farm fields and suburban residential neighborhoods.[1][2] Past the intersection with White Pine Road, Route 68 passes in between two large auto auction lots. The route terminates at an intersection with US 206 located a short distance south of that route's interchange with the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95).[2] Route 68 serves as the main access route between Fort Dix and the New Jersey Turnpike.[3]

History[edit]

Route S39
Location: Fort DixMansfield Township
Existed: 1941[5]–1953[4]

As part of improving road access to the Fort Dix Military Reservation at the onset of World War II, a Works Progress Administration project improved the paved road connecting the fort to Bordentown.[6] In 1941, this road was legislated as Route S39, a state highway spur of Route 39 (now US 206) that was to run from the fort to Mansfield Square.[5] Construction on the access road was completed in 1943 at a cost of over $2 million.[7] Route S39 became Route 68 in the 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering.[4] The same year, an extension of Route 68 was legislated to run south from Fort Dix to the intersection with Route 70 and Route 72 at the Four Mile Circle.[8] In 1961, a freeway was proposed along the Route 68 corridor, running from a planned Route 38 freeway near Fort Dix south to Route 70 and Route 72; however, this was never built.[9][10]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Burlington County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
New Hanover Township 0.00 0.00 CR 616 (Pemberton-Wrightstown Road) – Pemberton General Circle, southern terminus
0.00–
0.22
0.00–
0.35
Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst Fort Dix Pemberton gate
Road closed to general public
Springfield Township 2.85 4.59 CR 537 (Monmouth Road) – Jobstown, Jacobstown
Mansfield Township 4.00 6.44 To CR 545 – Trenton, McGuire Air Force Base
4.30 6.92 CR 543 (School House Road) – Columbus, Georgetown
7.92 12.75 US 206 to N.J. Turnpike Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Route 68 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Google (2009-07-14). "overview of New Jersey Route 68" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Fort Dix Directions". Fort Dix. Archived from the original on 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. ^ a b 1953 renumbering. New Jersey Department of Highways. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b State of New Jersey, Laws of 1941, Chapter 13, Page 25, Section 1.
  6. ^ "Roads to Fort Dix Will be Improved". The New York Times. February 15, 1941. 
  7. ^ "New Fort Dix Road Is Opened". The New York Times. December 17, 1943. 
  8. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1953, Chapter 112, Page 1298, Section 1.
  9. ^ New Jersey Builds Better Highways (Report). New Jersey State Highway Department. 1961. 
  10. ^ "Proposed Expressways in New York City". Regional Plan Association News. May 1964. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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