Black Horse Pike

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Black Horse Pike

Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length52.04 mi[1][2][3][4] (83.75 km)
Route 168 from Camden to Washington Township
Route 42 from Washington Township to Monroe Township
US 322 from Monroe Township to Atlantic City
US 40 from Hamilton Township to Atlantic City
Major junctions
West end US 130 / Route 168 in Camden
Major intersections I-295 in Bellmawr
N.J. Turnpike in Bellmawr
Route 42 in Gloucester Township
Route 42 / A.C. Expressway in Washington Township
US 322 in Monroe Township
Route 54 in Folsom
Route 50 in Hamilton Township
US 40 in Hamilton Township
G.S. Parkway in Egg Harbor Township
US 9 in Pleasantville
East end US 40 / US 322 (Albany Avenue) in Atlantic City
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
Highway system

The Black Horse Pike is a designation used for a number of different roadways that had been part of a historic route connecting the Camden area to the area of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Roadways now bearing the Black Horse Pike designation include portions of Route 168, Route 42, U.S. Route 322 (US 322), and US 40.

Route description

Route 168

The Black Horse Pike heads south from US 130 in Camden as a four-lane, divided highway comprising Route 168, which continues north of US 130 on Mt. Ephraim Avenue. It heads south and interchanges Route 76C, which heads west and provides access to Interstate 76 (I-76) and the Walt Whitman Bridge. It passes through Haddon Township with many jughandles at intersections. It then passes through Mt. Ephraim, where the road was restriped in the late 1990s reducing it from four lanes to two, and enters Bellmawr, where it interchanges with exit 28 of I-295 and exit 3 of the New Jersey Turnpike (NJTP). It then enters Runnemede, where it crosses Route 41 and County Route 544 (CR 544). It then heads into Gloucester Township and interchanges with Route 42. It continues south, passing through Blackwood, where it intersects CR 534, and then widens back into a four-lane, divided highway. It then heads toward the southern terminus of the North–South Freeway (Route 42) and the western terminus of the Atlantic City Expressway, where Route 168 ends and the Black Horse Pike becomes Route 42.

Route 42

The Black Horse Pike heads south into Washington Township, Gloucester County on Route 42 as a four-lane divided highway lined with many businesses. In Cross Keys, it intersects CR 555. It then enters Monroe Township, where in Williamstown, it meets US 322 and CR 536 Spur. Here, Route 42 ends and US 322 heads east onto the Black Horse Pike.

US 322

US 322 westbound on the Black Horse Pike in Williamstown

US 322 heads southeast on the Black Horse Pike from Williamstown, intersecting CR 536 and CR 538. It heads into Folsom, Atlantic County, where it meets Route 54 at a cloverleaf interchange and then the southern terminus of Route 73. It continues into Hamilton Township, passing through rural areas. It intersects CR 559 shortly after crossing into Hamilton Township. Near Mays Landing, it features an interchange with Route 50. It continues southeast and near the Hamilton Mall and the former Atlantic City Race Course, it intersects US 40.

US 40/US 322 concurrency

US 40 joins US 322 and the two routes continue to the southeast along the Black Horse Pike. Shortly after joining, the road intersects CR 575, which then forms a concurrency on the Black Horse Pike along with US 40 and US 322. It heads into Egg Harbor Township, and Route 575 splits from the Black Horse Pike by heading south on English Creek Avenue. The Black Horse Pike has an intersection with CR 563, which was formerly a traffic circle built in 1932 until it was replaced by traffic signals and jughandles in 2002.[5] The Black Horse Pike has a brief concurrency with CR 563 and then meets the Garden State Parkway (GSP) with access provided by way of CR 563 and CR 608. The route continues east into Pleasantville, where it crosses US 9. It then passes through the center of Pleasantville on Verona Avenue, with the name changing back to Black Horse Pike. At the border with Atlantic City, the road becomes Albany Avenue, which carries US 40 and US 322 into Atlantic City.


The Route 54 bridge over the Black Horse Pike (US 322) in Folsom, showing the former Route 42 designation.

The origins of the Black Horse Pike can be traced to 1795 when surveyors working for old Gloucester County, laid out a new and straight road to replace the meandering Irish Road. The new roadway carried various names including the Newton Road, Chews Landing-Philadelphia Road, Mount Ephraim-Blackwoodtown Road, etc. State legislators incorporated the Williamstown and Good Intent Turnpike Company in 1852, and Camden and Blackwoodtown Turnpike Company in 1855, converting the road into a toll road north of Good Intent.

In 1923, the portion from Mays Landing to Atlantic City became part of Route 18S. With the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering, the route became Route 42 from Camden to Mays Landing and Route 48 from Mays Landing to Atlantic City. US 322 was later designated along the road from Williamstown to Atlantic City and US 40 from Mays Landing to Atlantic City.[6][7] With the 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering, which eliminated long concurrencies between U.S. and state routes in New Jersey, the Route 42 and Route 48 designations were removed from the parts of the road that were already signed as US 322 or US 40/US 322, with Route 42 cut back to Williamstown and Route 48 completely removed from the Black Horse Pike.[8] Following the completion of the North–South Freeway, Route 42 was moved off the Black Horse Pike to the new freeway between Camden and Turnersville, and the Route 168 designation was given to the Black Horse Pike between Camden and Turnersville.[9]

Major intersections

The mileposts correspond to the routes the Black Horse Pike follows.

US 130 / Route 168 north (Mount Ephraim Avenue) – Collingswood
No left turns; Route 168 continues north as Mount Ephraim Avenue
Haddon Township9.4815.26

To I-76 west / I-676 north – Walt Whitman Bridge, Philadelphia
Interchange with unsigned Route 76C, northbound exit and southbound entrance
Mount Ephraim8.0712.99
CR 551 Spur (Kings Highway) – Westville, Haddonfield
Bellmawr7.4211.94 I-295 – Trenton, Walt Whitman Bridge, Delaware Memorial BridgeExit 28 on I-295
6.6010.62 N.J. Turnpike – New York, DelawareExit 3 on NJ Turnpike
Route 41 / CR 573 north (Clements Bridge Road) – Deptford, Barrington
Southern terminus of CR 573
5.398.67 CR 544 (Evesham Road) – Deptford, Magnolia
Gloucester Township3.42–

Route 42 to A.C. Expressway – Walt Whitman Bridge, Philadelphia, Williamstown, Atlantic City
No northbound access to Route 42 south; exits 9B-10A on Route 42
2.433.91 CR 534 (Church Street)
GloucesterWashington Township0.00–

Route 42 north / A.C. Expressway east – Atlantic City, Shore Points
Southern terminus of Route 168; Route 42 joins Black Horse Pike; exit 7 on Route 42; exit 44 on A.C. Expressway
CR 555 south (Tuckahoe Road) – Vineland
Monroe Township0.000.00

US 322 west / CR 536 Spur (Sicklerville Road) – Glassboro, Sicklerville
East end of Route 42 overlap, west end of US 322 overlap
24.6739.70 CR 536 (Poplar Street / New Brooklyn Road) – Waterford, Glassboro
CR 538 west (Coles Mill Road)
AtlanticFolsom34.6655.78 Route 54 – Hammonton, Trenton, Buena, MillvilleInterchange

Route 73 / CR 561 Spur north (Mays Landing Road) to A.C. Expressway – Philadelphia
Hamilton Township41.3766.58 CR 559 (Weymouth Road) – Mays Landing, HammontonModified traffic circle
46.0374.08 Route 50 – Mays Landing, Egg Harbor CityInterchange
US 40 west (Harding Highway) – Mays Landing
West end of US 40 overlap

CR 575 north (Wrangleboro Road) to A.C. Expressway – Pomona
West end of CR 575 overlap
Egg Harbor Township52.3884.30
CR 575 south (English Creek Avenue) – English Creek
East end of CR 575 overlap
CR 563 north (Tilton Road)
West end of CR 563 overlap
CR 563 south (Tilton Road) – Margate City, Ocean City
East end of CR 563 overlap

G.S. Parkway north to A.C. Expressway
GSP exit 36
Pleasantville57.6292.73 US 9 – Absecon, Somers Point
57.9993.33 CR 585 (Main Street)
Atlantic City60.1796.83

US 40 east / US 322 east (Albany Avenue)
Eastern terminus of Black Horse Pike, east end of US 40/US 322 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b "Route 168 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Route 42 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "US 322 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "US 40 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Dwyer, Christopher. "Buchart-Horn Designs Replacement For Bygone Transportation System". Buchart Horn, Inc. & BASCO Associates. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
  6. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  7. ^ Williams, Jimmy and Sharon. "1927 New Jersey Road Map". 1920s New Jersey Highways. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
  8. ^ "1953 renumbering". New Jersey Department of Highways. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  9. ^ Map of New Jersey (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha. Chevron Oil Company. 1969.