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Lost US 9W - Alpine, New Jersey

It seems that the State Line Overlook on the Palisades Interstate Parkway took away part of US 9W between current Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 3 and the New Jersey/New York state line. The roadway that leads into the overlook is part of the historic US 9W. Then at one point (as you will soon see) the road to the overlook pulls away from the old US 9W and the old highway (still in its original concrete grade) is a pedestrian walkway. Once you reach the parking area, you then walk toward the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River to be on the cement pavement that acted as a highway for years. Then it extends about a mile north pulling away from the Palisades (the cliffs not the Parkway) to end up at the current US 9W at the state line.

Photos courtesy of JP Nasiatka, taken in September 2003.
View from a path that leads to an overlook at the Overlook. As you see it branches off the old historic highway.

The abandoned road still in its original concrete pavement taken north of the overlook.

Old US 9W looking on to the Overlook entrance road. In 1985, the entrance road was not paved in asphalt, so you rode on the original concrete grade to enter the facility. The paving had to be done within the last decade.

View looking as you enter the Overlook by car. Ahead you see is the old US 9W blocked off with the new entrance roadway to the left

View from US 9W after crossing into New Jersey. As you see the newer US 9W is to the right while the old alignment is straight ahead. In the middle of the two alignments the green sign that you see is the "Welcome to New Jersey" sign.

Closeup of a small sign at the rock barricade keeping motor vehicles off of old US 9W. It informs all that it is a one mile hike to the State Line Overlook.

View at the north end of the lost highway as seen from the lost US 9W.

View at the north end of the lost highway as seen from the modern US 9W.

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