"The New Jersey Turnpike," 1953
The New Jersey Turnpike, the most modern, most heavily traveled
toll highway in the world. Starting just outside New York City at the George
Washington Bridge, it picks up traffic from the Lincoln and Holland tunnels
under the Hudson River, as it runs southwest down across New Jersey through
the most heavily traveled industrial region in the nation. A 118-mile express
highway that reaches to the new Delaware Memorial Bridge below Philadelphia,
a triumph of engineering skill and farsighted planning. And as other express
highways are built in other states they'll provide non-stop traffic corridors
between major cities throughout the country, from Canada to Mexico, from the
Atlantic to the Pacific.
Building the Turnpike was a fabulous undertaking, involving
astronomical quantities of building supplies and materials, costing hundreds
of millions of dollars. But rolling down the New Jersey Turnpike is like driving
into a new world, a world without stop lights or sharp curves, a world especially
created for motoring pleasure, for safety, speed, and comfort.
The only time anyone stops is for relaxation at wayside restaurants
or for necessities like gas and oil at service stations that remain open around
the clock every day and night of the year.
Music fades out.