County Route 577 (New Jersey)

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County Route 577  marker

County Route 577
CR 577 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 9.96 mi[1] (16.03 km)
Major junctions
South end: Route 124 in Springfield Township
  CR 527 in Millburn
CR 510 in South Orange
CR 508 in West Orange
Route 10 in West Orange
I-280 in West Orange
North end: Route 23 / CR 506 in Verona
Location
Counties: Union, Essex
Highway system
CR 575 CR 579

County Route 577, abbreviated CR 577, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 9.96 miles (16.03 km) from Springfield Avenue (Route 124) in Springfield Township to Bloomfield Avenue (CR 506) in Verona.

Route description[edit]

CR 577 approaching its northern terminus at Route 23 and County Route 506 in Verona.

CR 577 begins at an intersection with Route 124 in Springfield Township near the western terminus of Route 82. The highway originally started further south, at the intersection of Broad Street and Springfield Avenue in Westfield; Broad Street and eastbound Springfield Avenue are CR 509, while CR 577 went west and north on Springfield Avenue, which becomes Meisel Avenue as it enters Springfield. This route was changed in the past from CR 577 to CR 509 Spur (although the old signage was often left intact) but may have been changed back.[2] In downtown Springfield, where most of the major streets are one-way, Maple Avenue carries the nominal route northbound to the official southern terminus, while Meisel Avenue carries the southbound traffic.

From the official southern terminus, the route heads north as two-lane undivided Main Street, which is municipally maintained. The road runs through suburban residential development, passing over I-78 and crossing into Millburn in Essex County. In Millburn, CR 577 reaches a junction with CR 527, at which point the route turns east onto a one-way pair that is county maintained. Northbound CR 577 follows three-lane Millburn Avenue and southbound CR 577 follows two-lane Essex Avenue on this pairing, which passes through the commercial downtown of Millburn. At the end of the one-way pair, the route becomes four-lane undivided Millburn Avenue and continues east through a mix of homes and businesses. At the Wyoming Avenue intersection, CR 577 turns northeast onto that road while CR 630 continues along Millburn Avenue.[1][3]

Wyoming Avenue, which is a two-lane road, carries the route over New Jersey Transit’s Morristown Line and into wooded residential neighborhoods a short distance to the east of the South Mountain Reservation. The road continues through Maplewood before crossing into South Orange, where it reaches CR 510. At this point, CR 577 turns east to form a brief concurrency with CR 510, which is four-lane South Orange Avenue. Upon splitting from that route, CR 577 continues northeast on two-lane Wyoming Avenue. The road enters West Orange and becomes Gregory Avenue. Here, the route crosses CR 508 prior to reaching the CR 660 junction.[1][3]

At CR 660, CR 577 turns north onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue and crosses First Watchung Mountain as the road makes a turn to the west. This road is four lanes at first, soon narrowing to two lanes. After crossing the mountain, the route intersects Prospect Avenue, which it turns north onto. At this intersection, Prospect Avenue heads south as CR 677 while Mt. Pleasant Avenue continues west as Route 10. Along Prospect Avenue, CR 577 is a two-lane undivided road that turns into a four-lane divided highway as it passes through commercial areas. The route comes to an interchange with I-280 and becomes a five-lane undivided road past that point, with three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes. At the CR 611 intersection, CR 577 becomes three lanes with two lanes southbound and one lane northbound The road runs between homes and the Montclair Golf Course to the west and the Eagle Rock Reservation to the east before becoming two lanes and crossing into Verona. In Verona, CR 577 passes residences before reaching its end at an intersection with CR 506. Past this intersection, the road continues north as Route 23.[1][3]

History[edit]

A spur route, County Route 577 Spur, existed, which is now Essex County Route 677, however some newer signage along the road has brought back the CR 577 Spur designation.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Union Springfield Township 0.00 0.00 Route 124 (Springfield Avenue) Southern terminus, signage continues along CR 509 Spur to CR 509
Essex Millburn 0.92 1.48 CR 527 (Millburn Avenue)
South Orange 3.53 5.68 CR 510 west (Orange Avenue) South end of CR 510 overlap
3.64 5.86 CR 510 east (South Orange Avenue) North end of CR 510 overlap
West Orange 5.93 9.54 CR 508 (Northfield Avenue)
6.97 11.22 Route 10 west (Mt. Pleasant Avenue) – Whippany
7.64 12.30 I-280 – Newark I-280 exit 8
Verona 9.96 16.03 Route 23 north / CR 506 (Bloomfield Avenue) – Little Falls, Caldwell, Newark Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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