County Route 508 (New Jersey)

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County Route 508  marker

County Route 508
CR 508 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 16.14 mi[1] (25.97 km)
Major junctions
West end: Route 10 in Livingston
  CR 527 in Livingston
CR 577 in West Orange
CR 509 in East Orange
Route 21 in Newark
County 507.svg CR 507 in Kearny
I‑280 in Kearny
East end: Route 7 in Kearny
Location
Counties: Essex, Hudson
Highway system
CR 507 CR 509

County Route 508, abbreviated CR 508, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 16.14 miles (25.97 kilometers) from Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10) in Livingston to Belleville Turnpike (Route 7) in Kearny.

Route description[edit]

Essex County[edit]

CR 508 begins in Livingston at the Livingston Circle, a realigned traffic circle, with State Route 10 (Mt. Pleasant Avenue) and County Route 609 (Eisenhower Parkway). As West Northfield Road, the highway travels through a primarily residential section of Livingston. This turns into a more commercial area approaching the intersection with Livingston Avenue, after which East Northfield Road goes through another residential section.[2] At the eastern end of Livingston there is another commercial area near the intersections with County Route 527 (East Cedar Street) and Old Short Hills Road. After this the route enters West Orange; the road, now called Northfield Avenue, is lined with businesses and offices until it enters South Mountain Reservation.

After crossing over Second Watchung Mountain the route intersects with County Route 636 (Pleasant Valley Way). Beyond the intersection there are businesses on the north side, with the Richard J. Codey Arena and Turtle Back Zoo on the south side. The road then climbs up First Watchung Mountain, intersects County Route 677 (Prospect Avenue, signed as County Route 577 Spur), then heads down towards the foot of the mountain, intersecting County Route 577 (Gregory Avenue) about halfway down. At the bottom, CR 508 turns onto Whittingham Place, while Northfield Avenue finishes its run as CR 508 Spur. Eastbound traffic continues down Whittingham to Valley Road, whereas westbound traffic uses one-way Kingsley Street as a shortcut between Valley Road and Whittingham Place. CR 508 reunites on Valley Road at the south end of Kingsley Street, and then very soon turns onto Central Avenue, passing through a small industrial area before entering Orange.

The road passes under the Morristown Line and intersects County Route 638 (Scotland Road). A variety of schools, businesses, parks, churches, and houses line Central Avenue through Orange, This becomes mostly businesses as the route passes through East Orange, where it intersects County Route 605 (Evergreen Place) and County Route 509 (Grove Street). The route forms the northern edge of Fairmount Cemetery straddling the boundary between East Orange and Newark. Central Avenue passes through University Heights, which ends at Broad Street. CR 508 continues on Park Place and Center Street, passing the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. An unsigned multiplex with State Route 21 (McCarter Highway) between Center and Bridge Streets follows, at which point the route turns east onto the Bridge Street Bridge.

Hudson County[edit]

CR 508 crosses the Passaic River into Harrison, Hudson County, on the Bridge Street Bridge, which becomes Harrison Avenue. It intersects County Route 699 (Passaic Avenue), Interstate 280, County Route 697 (Frank E. Rodgers Blvd), and County Route 507 (Schuyler Avenue) in Harrison. The road becomes Newark Turnpike in Kearny and intersects Interstate 280 before ending at a grade-separated interchange with State Route 7, which is Belleville Turnpike west of the interchange but takes on the Newark Turnpike name east of it.

History[edit]

A road from the Passaic River to the Hudson Waterfront was completed in 1750 and named Douwe's Ferry Road, for the ferry which crossed the Hackensack River.[3] In 1790 the state legislature decided that "public good would be served by a 64 feet (20 m) wide road from Paulus Hook to Newark Couthouse". By 1795 a bridge over the Hackensack 950 feet (290 m) long and another over the Passaic 492 feet (150 m) long (at the site of the Bridge Street Bridge) were built creating an uninterrupted toll road connection.[4] The road between them is known as the Newark Turnpike.

The county route was established largely along its present-day alignment in 1952, along with the other 500-series county highways.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Essex Livingston 0.00 0.00 Route 10 / CR 609 (Eisenhower Parkway) – Whippany, The Caldwells, The Oranges, Newark Western terminus, Livingston Circle
2.96 4.76 CR 527 (East Cedar Street)
West Orange 5.83 9.38 CR 577 (Gregory Avenue)
6.29 10.12
CR 508 Spur east (Old Northfield Avenue) to I‑280 east
East Orange 9.23 14.85 CR 509 (Grove Street)
Newark 11.53 18.56 Route 21 south (McCarter Highway) West end of NJ 21 overlap
12.20 19.63 Route 21 north East end of NJ 21 overlap
Hudson Harrison 12.79 20.58 I‑280 to NJ Tpk. I-280 exit 16
13.62 21.92 CR 507 north (Schuyler Avenue)
Kearny 14.45 23.26 I‑280 to I‑95 / NJ Tpk. I-280 exit 17
16.14 25.97 Route 7 (Belleville Turnpike) to US 1-9 / CR 506 – Jersey City, Belleville Interchange, eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur routes[edit]


County Route 508 Spur
Location: West Orange
Length: 0.31 mi[5] (0.50 km)
  • County Route 508 Spur is a .31 miles (0.50 km) long spur route in West Orange. The spur route runs on Northfield Avenue between Whittingham Place and Main Street.[5]

Major intersections
The entire route is in West Orange, Essex County.

Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 CR 508 (Northfield Avenue/Whittington Place) Western terminus
0.20 0.32 I‑280 east to NJ Tpk. I-280 exit 10
0.31 0.50 CR 659 (Main Street) Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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