County Route 539 (New Jersey)

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County Route 539  marker

County Route 539
CR 539 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 53.49 mi[1] (86.08 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 9 / CR 603 in Tuckerton
  G.S. Parkway in Little Egg Harbor Township
Route 72 in Barnegat Township
Route 70 in Manchester Township
I‑195 in Robbinsville/Upper Freehold Township
Route 33 in Hightstown
North end: US 130 / CR 685 in Cranbury
Location
Counties: Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, Middlesex
Highway system
CR 538 CR 540

County Route 539, abbreviated CR 539, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 53.49 miles (86.08 km) from Main Street (U.S. Route 9) in Tuckerton to U.S. Route 130 in Cranbury Township. However, signage in the area suggests that CR 539 crosses U.S. 130 and terminates at the intersection with CR 535. Much of the two-lane route passes through isolated areas of the Pine Barrens and Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst. In these stretches, the route has a speed limit of 55 miles per hour (89 km/h), one of the few two-lane roads in the state to carry a 55 mph limit. CR 539 passes through three boroughs: Tuckerton, Allentown, and Hightstown. Other than those boroughs, the route travels mainly through rural townships.

Route description[edit]

Signage at CR 539's southern terminus at US 9
CR 539 southbound in Manchester Township within the Pine Barrens

CR 539 begins at an intersection with US 9 in Tuckerton, Ocean County, heading north on two-lane undivided North Green Street. South of US 9, the road continues as CR 603. The route passes through residential areas as it becomes the border between Little Egg Harbor Township to the west and Tuckerton to the east before fully entering Little Egg Harbor Township. CR 539 heads through decreasing residential development as it heads into the densely forested Pine Barrens and intersects CR 602 prior to an interchange with the Garden State Parkway. Following this interchange, the speed limit of the road rises to 55 miles per hour (89 km/h), the route comes to a junction with CR 606, and passes through the rural Pine Barrens for several miles. Upon crossing into Stafford Township, the road passes through the small residential community of Warren Grove, where it intersects CR 608. From here, CR 539 passes through more forest, intersecting CR 610 before becoming Warren Grove-Whiting Road entering Barnegat Township and crossing Route 72/CR 532.[1][2]

After this intersection, the road continues north and passes through Lacey Township as Cedar Bridge-Whiting Road before entering Manchester Township and becoming Roosevelt City Road. The route passes near a few wooded areas of homes before running through more forest and passing housing developments and businesses in the community of Whiting. Here, CR 539 intersects CR 530 and forms a brief concurrency with that route, passing businesses as it comes to the Route 70 junction. At this point, CR 530 turns west along Route 70 and CR 539 heads northwest into more of the Pine Barrens on Whiting-New Egypt Road, becoming Pinehurst Road at the CR 14 junction. The route briefly passes through Jackson Township before entering Plumsted Township, where the road turns northwest and north through forested areas of the Fort Dix Military Reservation. After leaving the Fort Dix grounds, CR 539's speed limit drops to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) and enters a mix of farms and woods with a few homes and businesses, heading northwest and crossing CR 640. Following this junction, the route enters more wooded areas of residential development, passing New Egypt Speedway before crossing CR 528. The county route becomes concurrent with CR 528 Truck and passes more rural areas of homes before becoming Hornerstown Road and reaching an intersection with CR 537, where CR 528 Truck turns west onto that route.[1][2]

CR 539 northbound north of CR 537, a former section of Route 37

Upon crossing CR 537, CR 539 enters Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County and intersects CR 27, at which point the road becomes Trenton-Forked River Road and heads through agricultural areas with some homes, crossing another section of CR 27. The route heads through more areas of farms, woods, and residences, where it turns west onto Davis-Allentown Road and runs northwest through more rural areas. CR 539 enters Allentown, where it becomes High Street and passes through residential areas before intersecting CR 524. CR 539 forms a concurrency with CR 524, with the two routes continuing northeast along Main Street to a short overlap with CR 526. The road leaves Allentown for Upper Freehold Township and enters farmland as it intersects CR 526 Spur. A short distance later, CR 524/CR 539 reaches an interchange with I-195.[1][2]

At this point, the name of the road becomes Old York Road and it forms the border between Robbinsville Township, Mercer County to the west and Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County to the east briefly before CR 524 splits from CR 539 by turning east along New Canton-Stone Tavern Road. CR 539 continues northeast past a mix of farms and residential subdivisions before passing through more agricultural surroundings. The road briefly turns east and runs through a wooded part of Millstone Township, Monmouth County.[1][2]

CR 539's northern terminus is at US 130 in Cranbury

After a turn to the north, CR 539 enters East Windsor Township in Mercer County and passes farms with some homes, intersecting CR 630 before passing over the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). Following this, the road passes through residential subdivisions before entering Hightstown. CR 539 then becomes South Main Street at this point and passes homes, with CR 571 joining the route from the east. Upon reaching the commercial downtown of Hightstown, northbound CR 539/CR 571 join Route 33 as it merges from Mercer Street onto Main Street. (Traveling southbound, CR 539/571 follow Route 33 onto Mercer Street for one block before turning east onto Ward Street and then south onto South Main Street.) CR 571 then leaves the concurrency by turning to the west on Stockton Street. After crossing the Rocky Brook, Route 33 splits from CR 539 by turning to the east on Franklin Street while CR 539 continues on North Main Street past more homes, intersecting CR 633. The road heads back into East Windsor Township and runs through farmland, passing under Route 133. The road passes near housing developments, becoming South Main Street as it crosses the Millstone River into Cranbury Township, Middlesex County, in wooded areas. CR 539 reaches its northern terminus at an intersection with US 130 a short distance later, even though signage continues the route north along South Main Street to an intersection with CR 535 and CR 685 at Old Trenton Road.[1][2]

History[edit]

"State Highway Route 37" stamp (partially obscured) on side of the bridge

When the 500-series county routes were first designated in the 1950s, CR 539 traveled west from Hightstown to Princeton on Stockton Street, Princeton–Hightstown Road, and Washington Road, the route of present-day CR 571.[3] It became CR 571 by 1976.[4]

Two special routes of CR 539 existed at the creation of the 500-series county routes. County Route 539 Spur ran from Warren Grove to Waretown.[5] The road today is now Ocean County Route 610 from CR 539 to Route 72, and CR 532 from Route 72 to its current end at US 9 (CR 532 at the time ran on what is now CR 554).[5] This designation was removed by 1961.[6] County Route 539 Alternate followed what is now CR 526 from Allentown to Princeton Junction.[7][8] It was renumbered as a western extension of CR 526 by 1956.[3] In 2009, Monmouth County assumed jurisdiction of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of Sharon Station Road in Upper Freehold Township between CR 539 and CR 526.[9] Later extended to CR 524 bringing the total length to 2.2 miles (3.5 km), Monmouth County has designated this road County Route 539A although this designation has not been signed as of 2013.[10]

Parts of CR 539 in Monmouth County were planned to be a part of Route 37 which would have run from Trenton to Seaside Heights. The section of the road which was actually built as a state highway was between CR 537 and Burlington Path Road (CR 27) in Upper Freehold.[7] Though this section is no longer state-maintained, this section of CR 539 still has a wide right-of-way, wide shoulders, and an old bridge from 1940 with "State Highway Route 37" engraved on the ends.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Ocean Tuckerton 0.00 0.00 US 9 – Toms River, Absecon
Little Egg Harbor Township 3.49–
3.57
5.62–
5.75
G.S. Parkway Exit 58 (GSP)
Barnegat Township 13.78 22.18 Route 72 / CR 532 to G.S. Parkway north – Red Lion, Long Beach Island
Manchester Township 25.10 40.39 CR 530 east – Whiting South end of CR 530 concurrency
25.36 40.81 Route 70 / CR 530 west – Camden, Lakehurst North end of CR 530 concurrency
Plumsted Township 35.16 56.58 CR 528 (Lakewood-New Egypt Road) – New Egypt, Lakewood South end of CR 528 Truck concurrency
Ocean
Monmouth
Plumsted Township
Upper Freehold Township
37.17 59.82
CR 537 / CR 528 Truck west (Monmouth Road) – Mt. Holly, Freehold
North end of CR 528 Truck concurrency
Monmouth Allentown 44.10 70.97 CR 524 west (South Main Street) – Yardville South end of CR 524 concurrency
44.39 71.44 CR 526 west (Church Street) – Trenton South end of CR 526 concurrency
44.41 71.47 CR 526 east (Walker Street) North end of CR 526 concurrency
Upper Freehold Township 44.95 72.34
CR 526 Spur south to CR 526 / CR 539 – Cream Ridge
Northern terminus of CR 526 Spur
45.32 72.94 I‑195 – Trenton, Shore Points Exit 8 (I-195)
45.50 73.23 CR 524 east – Clarksburg, Freehold North end of CR 524 concurrency
Mercer Hightstown 51.55 82.96 CR 571 south (Etra Road) – Etra, Roosevelt South end of CR 571 concurrency
51.92 83.56 Route 33 west South end of NJ 33 concurrency
51.98 83.65 CR 571 north (Stockton Street) North end of CR 571 concurrency
52.08 83.81 Route 33 east to N.J. Turnpike – Freehold North end of NJ 33 concurrency
Middlesex Cranbury Township 53.49 86.08 US 130 – New Brunswick
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g NJDOT County Route 539 Straight Line Diagram (PDF) (NJDOT) (Straight line diagram)
  2. ^ a b c d e Google Inc. "overview of County Route 539". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=route+9+and+county+road+539&daddr=39.6977733,-74.3671204+to:39.98306,-74.40864+to:40.1726809,-74.5851001+to:40.21808,-74.53877+to:route+130+and+county+road+539&geocode=FXFMXAIdpqiR-ymJulrsSwLBiTGiVyit6G0YAg%3BFW29XQIdcD-R-yln_OuSAQXBiTGct7waapwa0A%3BFdQXYgIdQJ2Q-yllQRc0AG7BiTGDNavh7QuL2A%3BFYj8ZAId9OuN-ykDJXBir2DBiTFrt_g5jVyTBQ%3BFeCtZQId7qCO-ykvPY3yyWHBiTFH017YyiWxBw%3BFX_OZgIdsOmO-ykrbZ5ewN7DiTFS7sp7gdx3Pg&hl=en&mra=ls&via=1,2,3,4&sll=40.299494,-74.516401&sspn=0.046412,0.077162&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=10. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Edward L. Mount, County Engineer (June 1956). Highway Map of Mercer County, New Jersey (Map). http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/MERCER_COUNTY/MercerCounty_1956.jpg. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Donald T. Harney, County Engineer (1976). Highway & Facilities Map of Mercer County, New Jersey (Map). http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/MERCER_COUNTY/MercerCounty_1976.jpg. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Lawrence F. Wagner, County Engineer (1953). Road Map of Ocean County, New Jersey (Map). http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/Ocean/Ocean_County_1953.gif. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Historic Aerials - 1961 Topo map of Warren Grove area
  7. ^ a b General Highway Map of Monmouth County, New Jersey (Map). 1962. http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/MONMOUTH_COUNTY/MonCoHighway1962_3.gif. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Historic Aerials - 1956 Topo map of Princeton Junction area
  9. ^ "County, Upper Freehold address Sharon Station Road" (Press release). Monmouth County Board of Freeholders. December 31, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Monmouth County Road Plan". Monmouth County Planning Board. October 15, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing