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New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 8 Toll Plaza Design

First LEED® Silver Toll Plaza in the U.S. Features All-Electronic Toll Collection Conversion Functionality.

  • New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza, Gannett Fleming

    The toll plaza design can accommodate a future full-speed, four-lane ramp.

  • New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza, Gannett Fleming

    Wider toll lanes and energy-absorbing crash attenuators improve safety at the plaza.

  • New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza, Gannett Fleming

    The new toll plaza building is the first LEED project for NJTA.

Client
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Partner(s)
Dewberry
Location
East Windsor Township, New Jersey
Our Role
Design, Architecture
Data
Size:
7,600 square foot facility
Construction Cost:
$9.9 million
Completed:
2014
Type:
New Construction
Duration:
7 years
Outcomes
  • Designed a new, LEED® Silver certified toll plaza and administration building, confirming the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's commitment to sustainability
  • Designed to accommodate All-Electronic Toll Collection conversion in the future
  • Increased safety and reduced congestion.

The New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program totaled $2.3 billion and doubles the capacity of a congested, 35-mile corridor in Burlington, Mercer, and Middlesex counties. This historic project included a new, 10-lane toll plaza at section 6, Interchange 8. 

The plaza design modified the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s (NJTA) traditional style to incorporate sustainability, safety, and future tolling enhancements. With the expectation of changing to an all-electronic toll collection (all-ETC) system, the standard canopy design with supports at every other island was modified to a two-span structure with columns only on the outer edges and behind the roadway median barrier. The new toll plaza enables the Turnpike to support the traffic needs of today while preparing for the technology of tomorrow. 

What We Did

As part of New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program, Gannett Fleming designed a new, LEED® Silver, toll plaza at Section 6, Interchange 8.  As a major subconsultant, Gannett Fleming led the contracts involving the toll plaza. The new, 10-lane toll plaza’s design modified the New Jersey Turnpike Administration’s (NJTA) traditional style to incorporate sustainability, safety, and future tolling enhancements. It also is the first LEED® project for the NJTA and will represent NJTA’s standard for sustainable projects in the future. 

In preparation of all-ETC conversion the plaza was designed for future accommodation of a full-speed, four-lane with full shoulders. The toll islands are a precast, bolt-down design that is placed directly onto the surface of the roadway to allow ease of removal for the future all-ETC conversion. Safety improvement upgrades included wider toll lanes and energy-absorbing crash attenuators that replaced the traditional concrete crash ramparts.

Key Features

  • Design will accommodate future all-ETC conversion
  • Energy-absorbing crash attenuators increase plaza safety
  • Plaza features 10 toll lanes
  • Toll lanes wider than previous Turnpike standards.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Project earned LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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