County Route 503 (New Jersey)

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County Route 503  marker

County Route 503
CR 503 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 17.95 mi[1] (28.89 km)
Major junctions
South end: Route 120 in Carlstadt
  US 46 in Little Ferry
Route 4 in Hackensack
CR 502 in Westwood
North end: NY 304 at New York state line in Montvale
Location
Counties: Bergen
Highway system
CR 502 CR 504

County Route 503, abbreviated CR 503, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 17.95 miles (28.89 kilometers) from Paterson Plank Road (Route 120) in Carlstadt to the New York state line at the Montvale NJ/Pearl River NY border, where it continues as New York State Route 304. It parallels the Hackensack River and New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley Line for much of its route.

For the northern portion of the roadway, from River Edge to Montvale, it is known as Kinderkamack Road. In Hackensack, the roadway is known as River Street and Hackensack Avenue.

Kinderkamack comes from the language of the Lenape Native Americans, meaning "place of ceremonial dance and worship." During the American Revolutionary War, General Lafayette's division camped in what is now Oradell at Kinderkamack and Soldier Hill Roads.[2]

Route description[edit]

CR 503 begins here at the NY/NJ state line. The first southbound reassurance sign used to stand here, but was removed.

While signage directing traffic to County Route 503 exists on westbound NJ 3, CR 503 officially begins at NJ 120. Traffic following NJ 120 around the Meadowlands Sports Complex exits (or enters) in East Rutherford, while CR 503 traffic continues straight ahead into Carlstadt. Through the industrial area of the borough of Carlstadt, the four-lane highway, divided in some sections, is called Washington Avenue.

At Moonachie Avenue, CR 503 crosses into Moonachie and becomes known as Moonachie Road. The highway continues as a two-lane road through Little Ferry, there called Liberty Street, where it intersects US 46. Entering South Hackensack, the road again becomes Moonachie Road and continues into Hackensack. At the end of Moonachie Road, CR 503 then turns left onto the four-lane River Street, which passes under Interstate 80 and the Susquehanna Railway tracks. Near the Fairleigh Dickinson University campus, River Street becomes Hackensack Avenue, which shortly crosses NJ 4 and then the Coles Brook into River Edge.

Near the Steuben House in River Edge, CR 503 turns left onto Main Street and crosses the Pascack Valley Line at grade before turning northward onto Kinderkamack Road. CR 503 then continues north through Oradell, Emerson, Westwood, Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, and Montvale. Most of this ten-mile (16 km) stretch is two-lane road, but the northbound and southbound alignments split briefly in Montvale, where the highway again crosses the Pascack Valley Line at Grand Avenue.

At the New York state line, Kinderkamack Road becomes four-lane NY 304 in the village of Pearl River.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Bergen County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Carlstadt 0.00 0.00 Route 120 (Paterson Plank Road) to Route 3 – Sports Complex, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Wallington, Hackensack Interchange, southern terminus
Little Ferry 3.26 5.25 US 46 – Lodi, Ridgefield Park
Hackensack 7.04 11.33 Route 4 Interchange
Westwood 12.97 20.87 CR 502 (Old Hook Road) – Closter
Montvale 17.95 28.89 NY 304 north New York border, northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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