County Route 522 (New Jersey)

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County Route 522  marker

County Route 522
CR 522 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 19.64 mi[1] (31.61 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 1 in South Brunswick Township
 
East end: CR 537 in Freehold Borough
Location
Counties: Middlesex, Monmouth
Highway system
CR 521 CR 523

County Route 522, abbreviated CR 522, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 19.64 miles (31.61 km) from U.S. Route 1 (US 1) in South Brunswick Township to Main Street (CR 537) in Freehold Borough.

Route description[edit]

Divided portion of CR 522 in South Brunswick
CR 522 eastbound in Jamesburg

CR 522 begins at an intersection with US 1 in South Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, heading east on Promenade Boulevard, a four-lane divided highway. West of US 1, Promenade Boulevard continues as an unnumbered road to Route 27. The road passes through forested areas near a few residential subdivisions, turning southeast and passing over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Following the bridge, the route enters residential areas and intersects CR 681 and CR 697 before coming to an intersection with US 130. At this point, Promenade Boulevard ends and CR 522 turns south to form a concurrency with US 130 on a four-lane divided highway, passing businesses. CR 522 splits from US 130 at an interchange and heads east on two-lane undivided Ridge Road, running past several distribution warehouses and a couple farms. After passing over the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95), the route continues to an intersection with CR 535.[1][2]

At this point, the road enters Monroe Township and becomes Rhode Hall Road, passing through agricultural areas before turning south into wooded residential areas. CR 522 crosses into Jamesburg and reaches the CR 698 intersection, at which point the route heads southeast onto Gatzmer Avenue and passes under a Conrail Shared Assets Operations railroad line before crossing CR 615. At this point, CR 522 bears left onto Railroad Avenue and runs to the east another Conrail Shared Assets Operations line through residential and commercial areas in the center of Jamesburg before forming a brief concurrency with CR 612 near Lake Manalapan. Past CR 612, the road continues southeast on Bucklew Avenue through neighborhoods before leaving Jamesburg for Monroe Township again. In this area, the route passes through a mix of woods and residential subdivisions, intersecting CR 614 and CR 613. At the intersection with the latter, the road becomes Jamesburg-Englishtown Road.[1][2]

A short distance later, CR 522 enters Manalapan Township in Monmouth County and passes through wooded areas with some homes before entering Englishtown. In Englishtown, the route passes homes and turns east onto Water Street, reaching an intersection with CR 527. CR 522 turns south onto CR 527, and the two routes head south on Main Street past residences and businesses. CR 522 splits from CR 527 by turning east onto Tennent Avenue. The road crosses back into Manalapan Township and becomes Englishtown-Freehold Road, heading southeast past residential neighborhoods and a tract of Monmouth Battlefield State Park. After crossing CR 3 (Tennent Road), the route passes through fields and woods within Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Within the park, CR 522 crosses into Freehold Township and turns east, running immediately to the north of a Conrail Shared Assets Operations line. The road comes to an interchange with US 9, at which point CR 522 is briefly a four-lane divided highway. Past this interchange, the route heads into residential and commercial areas as a two-lane road. Upon entering Freehold Borough, CR 522 becomes municipally-maintained Thockmorton Street, which turns southeast into residential areas. At the Monmouth Avenue intersection, the road heads into the commercial downtown of Freehold, where CR 522 ends at CR 537.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Freehold and Englishtown Turnpike was chartered in 1863 to run from Freehold to Englishtown. On June 12, 1901 all of the turnpike between Broad Street, Freehold and Main Street (CR 527), Englishtown was purchased by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and incorporated into the county highway system.[3]

Between US 1 and US 130, CR 522 formerly followed Ridge Road.[4] The new alignment between US 1 and US 130 was fully opened by 2001.[5] The county road had also once extended west to Route 27 in Kingston via Ridge Road and Heathcote Road.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Middlesex South Brunswick Township 0.00 0.00 US 1 / Promenade Boulevard – Trenton, New Brunswick
4.00 6.44 US 130 north / Fresh Ponds Road – New Brunswick West end of US 130 overlap
4.39 7.07 US 130 south / Ridge Road – Hightstown Interchange, east end of US 130 overlap
6.71 10.80 CR 535 (South River Road) to N.J. Turnpike
Monmouth Englishtown 14.37 23.13 CR 527 north (Main Street) West end of CR 527 overlap
14.48 23.30 CR 527 south (Main Street) East end of CR 527 overlap
Freehold Township 18.51 29.79 US 9 – South Amboy, Lakewood Interchange
Freehold Borough 19.64 31.61 CR 537 (Main Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "County Route 522 straight line diagram" (PDF). Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Google (December 31, 2010). "overview of County Route 522" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Monmouth County Deed Book 668, page 461
  4. ^ Map of Middlesex County, New Jersey (Map). Herbert R. Fleming, County Engineer. 1953. Retrieved July 4, 2016 – via Rutgers Cartography Lab. 
  5. ^ Kim, Charles W. (September 19, 2002). "Federal funds to help with sound walls" (PDF). Sentinel. p. 3. Retrieved July 4, 2016. The final two lanes were built and the four-lane road was opened last year. 
  6. ^ Hightstown, N.J. (Map). 1 : 24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1954. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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