The following article was written by Mark Di Ionno for the Star Ledger as part of the coverage of our project.
Route 280 project looks at downside of highway.
At the top of First Mountain, Route 280 is cut deep into the dark brown trap rock ridge of the Watchung Mountain range, formed in horizontal igneous layers millions of years ago. The imposing rock wall almost looks man-made, built of rectangular bricks.
This time of year, the other dominant color is forest green, as the blossomed hardwood trees hide surrounding suburban homes and roadways. Here, the entrances and exits of the highway curve and disappear behind the tree-covered mountain cuts.
But as the road descends toward Newark, the steeples and angled rooftops of downtown buildings appear. Cities lie in front of you.
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