County Route 533 (New Jersey)

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County Route 533  marker

County Route 533
CR 533 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 32.36 mi[1] (52.08 km)
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end: US 206 / CR 524 in Hamilton Township
North end: CR 527 in Bound Brook
Counties: Mercer, Somerset
Highway system
CR 532 CR 534

County Route 533, abbreviated CR 533, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 32.36 miles (52.08 km) from the White Horse Circle, in Hamilton Township to CR 527 in Bound Brook. CR 533 shares a long concurrency with U.S. Route 206 (US 206) through Princeton and Montgomery Township, while portions of the roadway in Somerset County are part of the Millstone River Valley Scenic Byway.

It also has a key historic importance, as George Washington used the road during his march from Trenton to Princeton during the American Revolution.[citation needed] This is commemorated by several small stone pillars at various points along the road.

Route description[edit]

White Horse to Princeton[edit]

CR 533 northbound approaching CR 535 in Hamilton Township

The southern third of CR 533 serves as a shorter, more direct route between two parts of US 206, connecting the southern portion as it travels north from Bordentown and the northern portion as moves through Princeton and into Somerset County. The U.S. highway turns west down Broad Street at the circle and winds confusingly through the city of Trenton before moving through Lawrence, the county route continues nearly due north through Hamilton and along the Lawrence/West Windsor boundary into Princeton. CR 524 also begins at the circle, following Broad in the other direction toward Yardville and Allentown.

For its first three point five miles (5.6 km) in southern Hamilton, the route is White Horse-Mercerville Road, as it connects the two census-designated places of White Horse and Mercerville. Along the way, it accesses both interstates 295 (exit 61) and 195 (exit 2) via Arena Drive, just 0.42 miles (0.68 km) from the southern terminus. In Mercerville, it intersects Route 33, providing access to downtown Trenton and the business-laden stretch of Hamilton Square. Less than one mile (1.6 km) later, CR 533 meets CR 535 and Nottingham Way at a five-point intersection, and continues north as Quaker Bridge Road.

At this point, the route picks up the trail followed by Washington. It passes Sloan Avenue, which again provides access to I-295 at exit 65 and widens to four lanes wide. From here, it continues on to the northern border of Hamilton and follows the border between Lawrence to the west and West Windsor on the east (the Keith line). It crosses Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, just north of the Hamilton Transit Complex. It passes the Quaker Bridge Mall complex to the left as it approaches US 1.

After the US 1 cloverleaf interchange, the road name briefly changes to Province Line Road and intersects an access road to Mercer Mall. At the next traffic light, it intersects the access to the Nassau Park shopping center and Province Line Road, unsigned CR 569. North of this intersection, CR 533 becomes unsigned and is known as Quaker Road. After crossing the Delaware and Raritan Canal at Port Mercer, Quaker Road becomes under the jurisdiction of Princeton, turns off the Keith line into the borough, and crosses Stony Brook on Quaker Bridge. Paralleling Stony Brook and adjacent to farmland, CR 533 intersects Princeton Pike, also known as CR 583, before winding its way through a small residential area, narrows such that it becomes traversable for northbound traffic only, and reaches its intersection with US 206.[2]

Concurrency with Route 206[edit]

During its 6 12-mile-long (10.5 km) concurrency with Route 206, CR 533 passes Drumthwacket, Nassau Street (Route 27's southern terminus) in downtown Princeton and Princeton Airport near an intersection with Route 518 in Montgomery Township, just beyond the county line between Mercer and Somerset. Just before the end of the concurrency, the road passes over Beden Brook. CR 533 is not signed anywhere along its concurrency with US 206.[2]

Montgomery to Bound Brook[edit]

Photo of a gauge inspector and the Manville, New Jersey gage house built into the Van Veghten's Bridge bridge abutment during the Raritan River flood of December 31, 1948.

CR 533 finally splits off of US 206 in northern Montgomery, breaking off to the right and running along the western bank of the Millstone River, which is itself parallel to the Delaware and Raritan Canal for this stretch. It is now known as River Road, and there is a Canal Road that also mirrors CR 533 on the far side of the two waterways in Franklin Township.

CR 533 meets Township Line Road from the left, marking the move from Montgomery into Hillsborough. It later enters the borough of Millstone for about one mile (1.6 km). Here, it intersects Amwell Road (CR 514), which provides access to a short bypass of the borough to the west. Upon reentering Hillsborough Township, CR 533 meets the northern terminus of the aforementioned bypass, signed as CR 533 Bypass.

CR 533 passes by the Central Jersey Regional Airport, then turns away from the river as it becomes Main Street in the borough of Manville. After two miles (3.2 km), CR 533 crosses the Raritan River over Van Veghten's Bridge and enters Bridgewater. CR 533 reaches CDP Of Finderne, and turns right down Main Street, traveling almost due east for its remaining two and a half miles (4.0 km). In its busy final mile, it passes by TD Bank Ballpark, the Bridgewater Train Station and Interstate 287, enters Bound Brook and reaches its terminus at Route 527 (Mountain Avenue and Main Street). There is no direct access to I-287, but Promenade Boulevard does carry traffic to Route 28 at exit 13 off the freeway.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Mercer Hamilton Township 0.00 0.00 US 206 / CR 524 east (Broad Street) to I-195 east – Bordentown, Camden, Trenton, Yardville White Horse Circle, southern terminus; western terminus of CR 524
3.30 5.31 Route 33 – Trenton, Hightstown
3.51 5.65 CR 535 (Nottingham Way / Edinburg Road) to I-295 north – Edinburg
West Windsor Township 8.05 12.96 US 1 – Trenton, New Brunswick Interchange
LawrenceWest Windsor
township line
8.41 13.53 CR 569 north (Province Line Road) / Nassau Park Boulevard Southern terminus of CR 569
Princeton 10.42 16.77 CR 583 (Mercer Street)
10.88 17.51 US 206 south South end of US 206 overlap; no access to CR 533 southbound from US 206
12.28 19.76 Route 27 north (Nassau Street) – Hightstown, New Brunswick Southern terminus of Route 27
Somerset Montgomery Township 16.41 26.41 CR 518 – Blawenburg, Rocky Hill
17.20 27.68 CR 609 north (Bridgepoint Road) to CR 533 (River Road) / Orchard Road No access southbound
17.33 27.89 US 206 north – Somerville North end of US 206 overlap; access from northbound lane via CR 609
CR 609 (Bridgepoint Road) No access southbound
Millstone 25.52 41.07 CR 514 (Amwell Road)
Hillsborough Township 25.92 41.71
CR 533 Spur south to CR 514
Northern terminus of CR 533 Spur
Bound Brook 32.26 51.92 CR 527 (Mountain Avenue / Main Street) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

CR 533 Spur[edit]

County Route 533 Spur
Location: Millstone - Hillsborough Township
Length: 0.45 mi[3] (0.72 km)
Looking north along Somerset Courthouse Road signed as CR 533 Bypass

County Route 533 Spur (signed as County Route 533 Bypass) is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 0.45 miles (0.72 km) from Millstone Bypass (CR 514) in Millstone to Millstone River Road (CR 533) in Hillsborough Township. It is known as Somerset Courthouse Road. There is only one other intersection along the road besides its two endpoints, Hamilton Road just feet north of the Millstone–Hillsborough Township border.[4][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b NJDOT County Route 533 Straight Line Diagram (PDF) (NJDOT) (Straight-line diagram)
  2. ^ a b c Google (November 28, 2015). "County Route 533 (New Jersey)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b NJDOT County Route 533 SPUR Straight Line Diagram (PDF) (NJDOT) (Straight line diagram)
  4. ^ Google (November 28, 2015). "Overview of CR 533 Spur" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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