New Jersey Route 77
|Maintained by NJDOT|
|Length:||22.55 mi (36.29 km)|
|Existed:||1953 – present|
|South end:||Route 49 in Bridgeton|
| Route 56 in Upper Deerfield Township
US 40 in Upper Pittsgrove Township
|North end:||Route 45 in Harrison Township|
Route 77 is a state highway in the southern part of the U.S. state of New Jersey. It runs 22.55 mi (36.29 km) from an intersection with Route 49 in Bridgeton, Cumberland County north to an intersection with Route 45 in Mullica Hill, Gloucester County. It is a mostly two-lane, undivided road traversing through farmland in Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Counties. Along the way, Route 77 intersects Route 56 in Upper Deerfield Township and U.S. Route 40 in Upper Pittsgrove Township.
Prior to 1927, the route was a branch of pre-1927 Route 6 that ran from Bridgeton to Mullica Hill. In 1927, it was designated as Route 46, which replaced the Bridgeton-Mullica Hill branch of pre-1927 Route 6. In 1953, it was renumbered to Route 77 to avoid conflicting with U.S. Route 46 in the northern part of the state.
Route 77 heads north from Route 49 and County Route 609 in Bridgeton, Cumberland County on Pearl Street. In a short distance, the route intersects County Route 670 (Commerce Street) and then crosses County Route 552 (Irving Avenue), which ends a block to the west at Laurel Street. It continues north through residential areas of Bridgeton, meeting County Route 665 (Penn Street) and County Route 659 (Bridgeton Avenue/Rosenhayn Avenue). Route 77 heads into a commercial area, crossing into Upper Deerfield Township at the intersection with Laurel Plaza Drive. The route intersects the western terminus of Route 56 (Landis Avenue) and County Route 622 (Cornwell Drive) where the route is briefly a four-lane road. Past this intersection, Route 77 heads into farmland, where it intersects several county roads including County Route 704 (Silver Lake Road), County Route 617 (Finley Road), and County Route 658 (Big Oak Road). It heads north into Seabrook, where it meets County Route 743 (Parsonage Road) and County Route 711 (Northville Road). Route 77 intersects County Route 612 (Polk Lane) and County Route 630 (Parsonage Road) before crossing County Route 540 (Deerfield Road) in Deerfield. Past County Route 540, the route intersects County Route 640 (Friesburg Road) and County Route 730 (Tices Lane). Route 77 then intersects County Route 614 (Bridgeton Road), the last county route intersection in Cumberland County.
Route 77 crosses into Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, where it becomes Pole Tavern-Bridgeton Road, and crosses County Route 611 (Elmer-Shirley Road) in Shirley. It continues north through farms to Pole Tavern, where Route 77 meets U.S. Route 40 (Harding Highway), County Route 604 (Monroeville Road), and County Route 635 (Daretown Road) at the Pole Tavern Circle. Past the Pole Tavern Circle, the route becomes Bridgeton Pike and crosses County Route 660 (Alderman Road). Before leaving Salem County, Route 77 intersects two more county routes: County Route 619 (Glassboro Road/Whig Lane) and County Route 666 (Monroeville-Swedesboro Road).
Route 77 crosses Oldmans Creek into Elk Township, Gloucester County, meeting County Route 641 (Ferrell Road) and County Route 616 (Harrisonville Way) before crossing County Route 538 (Elk Road). Past this intersection, the route crosses County Route 618 (Fislerville Road/Harrisonville Road) and enters Harrison Township. Route 77 continues northwest and enters Mullica Hill, where it intersects the northern terminus of County Route 581 (Commissioners Road) and heads north on South Main Street. Route 77 ends at Route 45 (Woodstown Road) where Route 45 continues to the north on South Main Street.
Prior to 1927, the route was a branch of pre-1927 Route 6, which had run south from Camden and split into two branches in Mullica Hill that ran to Salem and Bridgeton. In the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering, Route 46 was designated along the former branch of pre-1927 Route 6 that ran from Bridgeton to Mullica Hill. In the 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering, which stated that no state route and U.S. route could share the same number, Route 46 was changed to Route 77 to avoid a conflict with U.S. Route 46 in North Jersey.
|Cumberland||Bridgeton||0.00||0.00||Route 49 (Broad Street) – Millville, Salem||Southern terminus, continues as CR 609|
|0.52||0.84||CR 552 (Irving Avenue)|
|Upper Deerfield Township||2.79||4.49||Route 56 east (Landis Avenue) – Vineland|
|7.50||12.07||CR 540 (Deerfield Road) – Cohansey, Centerton|
|Salem||Upper Pittsgrove Township||14.09||22.68||US 40 (Harding Highway)||Pole Tavern Circle|
|Gloucester||Elk Township||18.65||30.01||CR 538 (Elk Road) – Swedesboro, Franklinville, Atlantic City|
|Harrison Township||22.34||35.95||CR 581 south (Commissioners Road) – Cedar Grove, Lincoln|
|22.55||36.29||Route 45 (Woodstown Road/South Main Street) – Camden, Woodstown, Salem||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Route 77 straight line diagram". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- Google Inc. "overview of New Jersey Route 77". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=route+49+and+route+77+bridgeton+nj&daddr=RT-45+%26+RT-77,+Mullica+Hill,+Gloucester,+New+Jersey+08062&hl=en&geocode=&mra=pe&mrcr=0&sll=39.579232,-75.281067&sspn=0.469954,0.878906&ie=UTF8&ll=39.579232,-75.222015&spn=0.469954,0.878906&t=h&z=10. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- Annual Report. New Jersey State Highway Department. 1917.
- State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
- State of New Jersey. 1927 New Jersey Road Map (Map). http://www.jimmyandsharonwilliams.com/njroads/1920s/images/1927_routes.gif. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- "1953 renumbering". New Jersey Department of Highways. Retrieved July 31, 2009.