New Jersey Route 71
|Maintained by NJDOT|
|Length:||16.78 mi (27.00 km)|
|Existed:||1953 – present|
|South end:||Route 35 in Brielle|
| Route 33 in Neptune
Route 36 in West Long Branch
|North end:||Route 35 / CR 537 in Eatontown|
Route 71 is a state highway in New Jersey, United States, running 16.78 miles (27.00 km) near the shore in Monmouth County. It begins at Route 35 in Brielle, just north of the Manasquan River and the Ocean County line, and heads north to Route 35 in Eatontown, with a four-block concurrency with Route 35 in Belmar. The Broad Street of Route 71 section is co-signed with CR 537 from the Monmouth Road section and Eatontown Boulevard (CR 537) to the northern terminus at NJ 35. Monmouth University is located off Route 71 in West Long Branch.
Route 71 is the former alignment of State Highway Route 4 and Route 35. In 1927, the alignment became the designation of State Highway Route 4-N. This alignment remained intact until the state highway renumbering in 1953. That day, Route 4-N became Route 71, and has remained virtually unchanged since. Route 71 was also to serve as the eastern terminus of the New Jersey Route 33 Freeway in Neptune, but this never came to be.
Route 71 begins at large grade-separated interchange with New Jersey Route 35 in the community of Brielle, New Jersey. The route heads northward through Brielle as Union Avenue, passing through the commercial district and residential after the intersection with Harvey Avenue. Route 71 continues northward through Brielle as a two-lane highway before beginning a parallel with New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line. After entering the community of Manasquan, the highway enters a large commercial district and crosses over the Stockton Brook before curving onto Seventh Avenue. After the intersection with Monmouth County Route 49 (Sea Girt Avenue), Route 71 enters the community of Sea Girt. The route continues north through Sea Girt until the intersection with Monmouth County Route 20 (Manasquan Turnpike), where it enters a short portion of Wall Township. There, the route crosses over the North Branch of the Wreck Pond and enters Spring Lake Heights. Route 71 quickly passes the Spring Lake Golf Club and the nearby Spring Lake train station before entering the downtown portions of Spring Lake Heights.
Most of Spring Lake Heights is residential, with a large condominium complex surrounding the southbound direction on Route 71. The highway continues northward, intersecting with County Route 524 (Alliare Road) and passes Marucci Park. Route 71 intersects with Monmouth County Route 30 (Eighteenth Avenue), where the highway enters the Belmar community of West Belmar. After crossing the intersection with Monmouth County Route 18 (Sixteenth Avenue), Route 71 enters the downtown portion of Belmar, intersecting with Route 35 (River Road). There, Routes 35 and 71 become concurrent through Belmar, passing the local Belmar train station. At the intersection with Eighth Street, Route 71 turns off to the east and crosses parallel to Route 35 over the Shark River to the community of Avon-by-the-Sea. There, the two routes continue to parallel, with Route 71 becoming a divided one-way street through Avon-by-the-Sea. The route continues northward through the residential seashore community, crossing the Sylvan Creek and entering Bradley Beach. Through Bradley Beach, Route 71 intersects with Monmouth County Route 2, which serves access to the Bradley Beach train station. The highway continues northward through the residential district, and enters Neptune Township. There, Route 71 intersects with the eastern terminus of the cross-state New Jersey Route 33 at Corlies Avenue before entering the large city of Asbury Park.
Through Asbury Park, Route 71 intersects with several local streets at traffic lights as Main Street. The route also serves as the terminus of both County Route 16 and County Route 18. After crossing through Sunset Park, Route 71 approaches Deal Lake, where the highway turns to the east along Deal Lake Drive. Route 71's right-of-way on Main Street becomes County Route 15 and Route 71 continues through the lakeshore community as a two-lane arterial. Soon after, Route 71 turns on Park Avenue, crosses over Deal Lake and enters Loch Arbour. However, the highway heads northward into the community of Allenhurst soon after. Route 71, now known as Norwood Avenue, crosses out of Allenhurst after an intersection with Cedar Avenue, entering the community of Deal. Before the intersection with Roseld Avenue, the highway becomes a divided one with a center median. The route continues this way through the residential portions of Deal, crossing into Ocean Township. There, the route comes back together, crossing over the North Jersey Coast Line once again near the Elberon train station. Route 71 continues through Ocean Township until entering the community of West Long Branch near Whale Pond Brook. At that point, Route 71 serves as the main road to access Monmouth University. At the intersection with Cedar Avenue, Norwood Avenue ends, and Route 71 northbound turns westward along Cedar. The route crosses through Monmouth University and enters the residential portions of West Long Branch, intersecting with County Route 15 and 32 within a mile of each other. At the intersection with County Route 15, Route 71 turns to the northwest through a residential area.
Route 71 parallels the Glenwood Cemetery before intersecting with New Jersey Route 36 in West Long Branch. Here, Route 71 continues northwestward on Monmouth Road through large commercial complexes and the local country club. The highway continues northward into Eatontown, where it enters a local residential area and intersects with County Route 537 (Eatontown Boulevard), which become concurrent. Routes 71 and 537 enter downtown Eatontown as Broad Street, heading westward and intersecting the northern terminus of County Route 547 (Wyckoff Road). The two highways continue into the commercial district of Eatontown, where they intersect with New Jersey Route 35 once again. Here, County Route 537 continues along Route 35 as Route 71 terminates at the intersection in downtown Eatontown.
Route 71 originates as an alignment of State Highway Route 4 in the 1920s, which ran from Absecon in Atlantic County northward to Rahway in Union County. Route 4 remained intact through the 1927 state highway renumbering, when Route 4 was realigned onto the current alignment of Route 35 most of its length. The older alignment from Belmar to Eatontown was re-designated as State Highway Route 4-N by the New Jersey State Highway Department. Route 4-N was one of four routes that used the -N suffix from the original numbering. Route 35 was designated on the southern portion, but this got reversed, allow the designation to be extended to Brielle. The route remained intact for the next 24 years, until the second state highway renumbering in 1953. Route 35 remained on its basic alignment, but State Highway Route 4-N was renumbered to Route 71. Route 71 has remained virtually unchanged since the 1953 renumbering in terms of its alignment from Brielle to Eatontown. During the time of the proposed Route 33 Freeway from Trenton to Neptune, the intersection with Route 33 in Neptune was to upgraded to a grade-separated interchange, but this portion was never built after being canned in 1967.
The entire route is in Monmouth County.
|Brielle||0.00||0.00||Route 35 – Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights||Southern terminus, interchange.|
|Spring Lake Heights||3.70||5.95||CR 524 west (Allaire Road) to G.S. Parkway – Allaire|
|Belmar||5.10||8.21||Route 35 south||Southern end of concurrency with NJ 35.|
|5.42||8.72||Route 35 north||Northern end of concurrency with NJ 35.|
|Neptune Township||7.66||12.33||Route 33 west (Corlies Avenue) to Route 18 / G.S. Parkway|
|West Long Branch||14.79||23.80||Route 36 – Eatontown, Long Branch|
|Eatontown||15.58||25.07||CR 537 east (Eatontown Road) – Long Branch, West Long Branch||Southern end of concurrency with CR 537|
|15.79||25.41||CR 547 south (Wyckoff Road) to G.S. Parkway|
|16.78||27.00||Route 35 / CR 537 west (Neptune Boulevard)||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Route 71 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
- New Jersey Highway Department (1927). Sketch Map Showing Approximate Locations of State Highway Routes (Map). http://www.jimmyandsharonwilliams.com/njroads/1920s/route05.htm. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
- State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
- ROUTE No. 4—NORTH (1917). EATONTOWN TO BELMAR, via Long Branch, Asbury Park and Bradley Beach.
- 1953 renumbering, New Jersey Department of Highways, retrieved July 31, 2009
- New Jersey Department of Transportation (2007). New Jersey Official Road Map (Map). Cartography by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
- "Transportation 1985: A Regional Plan". Tri-State Transportation Commission. 1966.
- "New Jersey Highway Facts". New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1967.