County Route 535 (New Jersey)
CR 535 highlighted in red
|Length:||31.75 mi (51.10 km)|
|South end:||CR 635 in Trenton|
| I-295 in Hamilton Township
US 130 in Cranbury Township
Route 32 in South Brunswick Twp
Route 18 in East Brunswick Township
|North end:||CR 670 in Sayreville|
County Route 535, abbreviated CR 535, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 31.75 miles (51.10 km) from Logan Avenue (where it becomes Mercer County Route 635), at the boundary between Trenton and Hamilton Township in Mercer County to the intersection of Main Street, Raritan Street and Washington Road in Sayreville in Middlesex County.
The road serves as the main street through the small communities of Cranbury, South River and Sayreville, while also passing through rural areas on the outskirts of Mercer and southern Middlesex Counties. At various points, it is locally known as East State Street, Edinburg Road, Old Trenton Road, Cranbury-South River Road, Main Street and Washington Road.
The designation of CR 535 picks up East State Street at the Trenton city line and heads northeast into the Bromley neighborhood of Hamilton. It parallels the Northeast Corridor line between both municipalities' respective train stations before abruptly turning southeast at 1.9 miles (3.1 km), an intersection with Klockner Road. Now the East State Street Extension, CR 535 meets Interstate 295 with limited access at Exit 64. Traffic traveling "southbound" on CR 535 (traveling geographically north for this brief stretch) has a ramp leading to I-295 North toward US 1 and I-95, while southbound traffic on the freeway can exit onto CR 535 North. From here, CR 535 continues toward Nottingham Avenue, and turns left at 3.29 miles (5.29 km), a few hundred feet east of where Route 33 merges onto Nottingham. CR 535 stays on this road for just 0.13 miles (0.21 km) before reaching a five-way intersection with Route 533 (Quakerbridge Road north of the intersection/White Horse-Mercerville Road south of it) and Nottingham, which is Route 618 as it travels southeast away from the intersection toward Hamilton Square.
Having regained its northeast direction, CR 535 moves through this intersection and becomes Edinburg Road. At 5.48, it leaves Hamilton for West Windsor, and bumps up against Mercer County Community College on the left. Just beyond the college is Mercer County Park, which is accessible through South Post Road (6.50 miles) or through the park's official west entrance (7.14). Just beyond this, at 7.39, the route meets a short concurrency with CR 526, which comes from Robbinsville Township to the south. Less than a quarter mile later, 526 turns due north again and heads for Princeton Junction. CR 535 continues to the northeast as Old Trenton Road, crossing into East Windsor at 10.65. At 11.02, it intersects CR 571, with the entrance to the Route 133 bypass of Hightstown visible to the right. At milepost 11.80, CR 535 crosses the Millstone River and into Middlesex County.
CR 535 is now traversing Cranbury, traveling for a shade under three miles (5 km) before reaching the township's Main Street. It turns left toward the downtown area, while Route 685 comes from the right and turns to continue down Old Trenton Road to its terminus at U.S. Route 130. Once through Cranbury, CR 535 turns right onto Plainsboro Road at 14.56 and merges into another short concurrency, this time with US 130 at 14.87. After less than a tenth of a mile, it breaks off to the right, taking a north-by-northeast path toward the New Jersey Turnpike and the lower Raritan River valley.
At 16.83, CR 535 enters South Brunswick Township. Though signed at various points as Cranbury-South River Road, South River Road and Cranbury Road, it is officially only the latter. It meets Route 32 at 17.43, providing access to the Turnpike as it passes to the right. Originally traffic to and from the Turnpike used Route 32, but vehicles leaving the Turnpike now exit onto CR 535. At 18.41, it runs along the boundary between South Brunswick and Monroe and then crosses under the Turnpike. It leaves the border for a short stretch starting at an intersection with CR 522 (19.68), then returns to what is now the township line with East Brunswick Township for a mile and a half. At 21.55, it enters East Brunswick completely.
CR 535 is one of the main thoroughfares of East Brunswick, along with Route 18, Ryders Lane and Dunhams Corner Road. The latter branches off at the same point CR 535 moves all the way into the township, banks hard to the right at East Brunswick Community Park just shy of the Turnpike, then rejoins CR 535 at 25.72. CR 535 intersects Ryders Lane at 23.86, passes East Brunswick High School on the right, then approaches a complex interchange with Route 18 at 25.74, providing access to New Brunswick and the Turnpike at Exit 9 to the northwest, Old Bridge and shore points to the south, and Spotswood via CR 613 (Summerhill Road). CR 535 itself continues north and crosses into the borough of South River at the crossing of the Old Bridge Turnpike (CR 527) at 25.94.
At 27.38, CR 535 crosses the South River via the Veteran's Memorial Bridge and into its final destination of Sayreville. Though "Main Street" (CR 670) breaks off at 27.99, CR 535 (Washington Road) serves the more densely populated southern half of the borough, as well as Sayreville War Memorial High School and Sayreville Middle School. At 30.51, CR 535 enters the outskirts of South Amboy though it comes up just short of the border between the two municipalities. A mile later, it crosses underneath the Garden State Parkway and reaches its northern terminus, an intersection with the other end of Sayreville's Main Street. The "Washington Road" designation follows a ramp off to the right and onto Main Street, continuing into South Amboy. Raritan Street continues another mile to an intersection with the concurrency of US 9 and Route 35 on approach to the Edison Bridge and the Victory Bridge, respectively.
|Mercer||Trenton||0.00||0.00||CR 635 / Logan Avenue||Southern terminus|
|Hamilton Township||2.55||4.10||I-295 north to I-95 south||I-295 exit 64|
|3.42||5.50||CR 533 (Quaker Bridge Road) to Route 33 – Lawrenceville, Bordentown|
|West Windsor Township||7.39||11.89||CR 526 east (Robbinsville Road)||South end of CR 526 overlap|
|7.62||12.26||CR 526 west (Edinburg Road)||North end of CR 526 overlap|
|East Windsor Township||11.02||17.73||CR 571 (Princeton Hightstown Road) to NJ Tpk. – Princeton, Hightstown|
|Middlesex||Cranbury Township||14.87||23.93||US 130 south – Camden||South end of US 130 overlap|
|14.96||24.08||US 130 north – New Brunswick||North end of US 130 overlap|
|South Brunswick Township||17.43||28.05||Route 32 to US 130 / NJ Tpk. – South Brunswick, Jamesburg|
|East Brunswick Township||25.74||41.42||Route 18 to NJ Tpk. – New Brunswick||Interchange|
|South River||25.94||41.75||CR 527 (Old Bridge Turnpike)|
|Sayreville||31.75||51.10||CR 670 (Main Street) to GS Pkwy.||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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