JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY
Most don't think much of our roads here in New Jersey. They're too crowded. Many from elsewhere associate our state with the less scenic parts of the Jersey Turnpike, making us the butt end of too many jokes. But the fact is that New Jersey has been an innovator in highway design.
Yes, there's the turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
But beyond these roads, New Jersey is famous for having introduced the likes of the jug handle, the Jersey barrier and the traffic circle.
Take the jughandle intersection. A jughandle is way left-turning traffic uses a ramp on the right side of the road. In a standard forward jughandle or near-side jughandle, the ramp leaves before the intersection, and left-turning traffic turns left off it rather than the through road. Right turns are also made using the jughandle. In a reverse jughandle or far-side jughandle, the ramp leaves after the intersection, and left-turning traffic loops around to the right and merges with the crossroad before the intersection.