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Highway Access Permits


Overview


Property owners seeking traffic access to state roadways and transportation infrastructures must submit applications for access to New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Access applications with fewer than 500 daily trips are considered minor, while those with more than 500 are considered as major. For further guidance, see the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code below. Roadway designers should also consult the code to determine access requirements for design plans.

New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code

The rules governing access to state roadways can be found in the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code.

Application Forms

Note: All of the Application Forms (MT32, MT155, MT156, MT158, MT159, MT160) that were formally located on this page are now listed on the Engineering Forms page within the Maintenance section.

Highway Access Management Data

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 16:47-4.38, Background Traffic Growth Rates must be used for traffic studies by applicants in order to compute average anticipated traffic. Please note the background traffic growth rate chart below has been updated for April 2013 - April 2015.

Background Traffic Growth Rates (pdf 28k)

NJDOT also provides Trip Generation Rates used in its Highway Access Permit System (HAPS). The rates have been updated to the ITE Trip Generation Manual 9th edition.

New rates have been included for the following:
  • Variety Store (814)
  • Coffee/Donut Shop without Drive Thru (936)
  • Coffee/Donut Shop With Drive thru (937)

Note: The Land Use Code for Specialty Retail Center is now (826).

NEW - NJDOT will calculate the trip generation for the inclusion of a Convenience Market with Gas in a proposed shopping center or the addition of a Convenience Market with Gas to an existing Shopping Center as follows:

If both the Convenience Market with Gas and the Shopping Center have separate driveways on the State highway, the trip generation shall be calculated as Multiple Use, Convenience Market with Gas SF plus Shopping Center SF.

If the Convenience Market with Gas does not have its own driveways on the State Highway but utilizes the shopping Center driveway for access with the State highway, the trip generation shall be calculated as Multiple Use, Service Station Gas Only (Station) plus Shopping Center (SF) adding the square footage of the Convenience Market to the Shopping Center square footage.


Trip Generation Rates used in HAPS (pdf 35k)
     (Posted on May 2, 2013)

Access Design Considerations

NJDOT has a guidance document summarizing access design information to be provided by all designers and criteria used to evaluate for permit applications. Consultant designers working on access plans and cutouts for New Jersey state highways may find this useful information in the NJDOT Access Design Manual. This manual includes designer requirements for revocations, modifications and adjustments of access.

NJDOT Access Design Manual

Access Management Presentation

Consultant designers working on access cutouts for New Jersey state highways may find information in the Access Design training presentation helpful. Call NJDOT if you have any questions relating to this training program.

The training presentation was prepared by the NJDOT Major Access Permit Bureau Office of Access Design, which administers the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code. The Office evaluates the access impacts of properties during the Scoping stage, prepares access cutouts for in-house designs, reviews access cutouts for projects designed by consultants and notifies property owners about access.

Access Management Presentation (pdf 1.3m)


 
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  Last Updated:  October 22, 2013