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Transportation Firsts

In addition to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) becoming the first State transportation agency in the nation, New Jersey has had the honor of many transportation firsts:

  • 1772
stagecoach service
  • 1793
balloon flight in America, landed in Woodbury
  • 1811
regular steam ferry service, Hoboken
  • 1837
steam locomotive manufactured in America, Paterson
  • 1848
cable manufactured for suspension bridges (Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge), Trenton

  • 1870
asphalt pavement laid in America, Newark
  • 1891
grant money dispersed to counties for road construction
  • 1897
submarine constructed in America, Elizabeth
  • 1900
submarine purchased by the United States Navy
  • 1909
airplane manufacturing plant, Paterson
  • 1919
aviation facility to be called an "airport" in the world, Bader Field, Atlantic City

  • 1925
traffic circle in America constructed, Airport Circle, Pennsauken

  • 1928
cloverleaf intersection in America constructed, Route 1&9 and Route 35, Woodbridge

  • 1931
longest man-made steel arch bridge constructed in the world, Bayonne Bridge

  • 1956
intermodal container service launched in the world, Newark
  • 1959
scientifically-designed highway barrier used to separate opposing lanes of traffic and reduce head-on collisions, became known as the Jersey Barrier

  • 1969
breakaway sign developed

breakaway sign photo

1969 - The Load Concentrated Breakaway Coupling (LCBC)
The LCBC was introduced for large signs,
a national first designed by NJDOT staff.

airport circle photo   cloverleaf photo
1925 - The Airport Circle
Connecting Routes 30, 130
and 38, construction began on
the nation's first traffic rotary.
1928 - The Woodbridge Cloverleaf
The first cloverleaf in the
nation was constructed at
Route 1&9 and Route 35.
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  Last Updated:  May 24, 2016