Eisenhower Parkway

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County Route 609  marker

County Route 609
Eisenhower Parkway
Route information
Maintained by Essex County
Length: 4.12 mi[1] (6.63 km)
Major junctions
South end: CR 510 in Livingston
  Route 10 in Livingston
North end: I‑280 in Roseland
Highway system
CR 608 CR 610

Eisenhower Parkway, also known as County Route 609, is a highway in Essex County, New Jersey, located in the municipalities of Roseland and Livingston. Eisenhower Parkway dead ends at South Orange Avenue (County Route 510) in Livingston near the Livingston Mall and just north of Interstate 280 in Roseland. The Eisenhower Parkway was planned to continue further north to Passaic Avenue in West Caldwell and further south to Route 24 in Chatham, with the latter extension to be called Triborough Road. An abandoned cloverleaf interchange exists where Triborough Road was to intersect Route 24.

Route description[edit]

The Eisenhower Parkway begins at an intersection with CR 510 in Livingston, Essex County, heading north as a four-lane divided highway. The road passes the Livingston Mall before becoming undivided and passing to the east of the Commonwealth Water Company Reservoir Number Three. Upon turning northeast, the roadway becomes divided again as it crosses CR 607 and passes through forests. The Eisenhower Parkway intersects Route 10 at the modified Livingston Circle, at which point the road passes businesses as CR 661 branches to the east of the road. The highway heads north-northeast through more forested areas with occasional commercial development, meeting CR 661 again prior to crossing into Roseland. Here, the road crosses the Morristown and Erie Railway and passes businesses, crossing CR 611 prior to coming to a cloverleaf interchange with I-280. At this interchange, the CR 609 designation ends and the Eisenhower Parkway continues northeast to a dead end a short distance later.[1][2]

History[edit]

The abandoned right-of-way of what was to be a northern extension of Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland
View on top of the bridge in March 2014.

The original plan of the Parkway was to extend to Passaic Avenue in West Caldwell on the northern end and to Route 24 in Chatham on the southern end. There is a complete cloverleaf interchange at Route 24, which would have been Interchange 5 on 24 (and there were once blank signs erected on 24 West). The bridges over Route 24, which would have been part of Eisenhower Parkway, are currently open to all-terrain vehicles.[3] Had it been extended to the south, it was going to be called Triborough Road (at least in Chatham and Florham Park).[4] Signage on the interchange bridge bears the name "Triborough Road".

The way to the bridge from Chatham Borough is behind the wooded areas near Weston Avenue, Rowan Road, and Jackson Avenue. The route to the bridge starts by getting behind the bridge over the river on Jackson Avenue, or simply just crossing the river. This can in fact be done without getting wet by jumping across rocks, although the gate to the bridge's lock has since been broken. The trail continues to a rocky downward slope which is climbed in order to reach the bridge.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Essex County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Livingston 0.00 0.00 CR 510 (South Orange Avenue) – Chatham, Millburn, Morristown Southern terminus
0.96 1.54 CR 607 (Walnut Street)
1.71–
1.76
2.75–
2.83
Route 10 (Mount Pleasant Avenue) / CR 508 east (West Northfield Avenue) – Whippany, Newark Livingston Circle
1.96 3.15 CR 661 north (Beaufort Avenue)
3.18 5.12 CR 661 south (Beaufort Avenue)
Roseland 3.73 6.00 CR 611 (Eagle Rock Avenue)
4.12 6.63 I‑280 Northern terminus of CR 609, Eisenhower Parkway continues to dead end
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing