The 10 Deadliest Stretches of Road in New Jersey

In three years, nearly 1,600 accidents on the roads of New Jersey have caused at least one death.

Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, MoneyGeek compiled a list of the Garden State’s deadliest stretches of highway from 2018 to 2020, ranked by their number of fatal crashes.

A few highways appear in the top 10 list more than once.

According to MoneyGeek, more than 40% of fatal crashes in New Jersey between 2018 and 2020 involved speeding or drunk driving. Distracted driving contributed to 20% of the state’s fatal crashes during that three-year period.

“These are accidents, they are not accidents,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic, reacting to the report. “We also have to keep in mind that when some of our roads were designed, they weren’t designed for the types of vehicles and speeds we have today.”

Below is MoneyGeek’s list of New Jersey’s 10 deadliest stretches of road. The green dots indicate the location of fatal accidents; some of the crashes occurred at the same locations/intersections.

Nearly 800 roads in New Jersey were considered for the study.

ten.

  • 3.4 km of road
  • 7 fatal accidents, killing 7

In response to New Jersey 101.5’s request for comment, the New Jersey Department of Transportation noted that an ongoing project aims to improve safety for all modes of transportation along this stretch.

Proposed improvements include reducing the carriageway from four lanes to two traffic lanes with a center left turn lane and cycle lanes.

9.

  • 4.1 mile drive
  • 7 fatal accidents, killing 8

8.

  • 4.9 mile drive
  • 7 fatal accidents, killing 8

seven.

  • 3.3 km of road
  • 8 fatal accidents, resulting in 8 deaths

6.

  • 3.4 km of road
  • 8 fatal accidents, resulting in 9 deaths
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5.

  • 2.9 mile drive
  • 9 fatal accidents, killing 10

The Department of Transportation said it has two projects to improve Route 21. One will resurface part of the highway and the other will include improved traffic lights and sidewalks.

4.

  • 4.1 mile drive
  • 10 fatal accidents, resulting in 10 deaths

3.

  • 4.2 km of road
  • 10 fatal accidents, killing 11

2.

  • 4.6 mile drive
  • 10 fatal accidents, killing 12

1.

  • 3.9 mile drive
  • 11 fatal accidents, 11 dead

State Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Schapiro said the DOT is committed to finding innovative solutions to improve safety for all road users.

“We regularly review crash data to look for areas where pedestrian safety improvements may be needed, and we work with our engineers and designers to incorporate these improvements into ongoing projects,” Schapiro added. “These safety features can include installing pedestrian signal heads and improving sidewalks and crosswalks.”

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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