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New Jersey Route 161

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Route 161 marker

Route 161
Clifton Avenue
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length: 1.10 mi[1] (1.77 km)
Existed: 1953 – present
Major junctions
South end: CR 602 in Clifton
North end: CR 611 / CR 614 in Clifton
Counties: Passaic
Highway system
Route 160 Route 162

Route 161 is a 1.10 miles (1.77 km) state highway in Clifton, New Jersey, United States, running along Clifton Avenue between Allwood Road (County Route 602 or CR 602) and Van Houten Avenue (CR 614). Although it is a signed state highway, it does not connect to any other state-maintained roadways. However, the south terminus is aligned just northeast of the interchange of Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway (interchange 153). The highway originated as Route S3 Spur, a suffixed spur of State Highway Route 3 to State Highway Route 6 (currently U.S. Route 46 or US 46). The route was redesignated in 1953 as Route 61. However, it was redesignated as Route 161 shortly after.

Route description[edit]

Route 161 begins at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Allwood Road (CR 602) in Clifton. The route passes a park and large commercial building at the southern terminus. A short distance after, Route 161 provides a connector to Richfield Terrace on the northbound side of the highway, the park's divider known as Cross Street. The highway continues northward, intersecting with Richland Court, which provides access to local residential homes. The next intersection is with Joan Place, which serves a similar function to Richland Court. Soon after, Route 161 intersects with Saint Andrew's Boulevard, which also serves as the northern terminus of Richfield Terrace and connects the highway with CR 609 (Mount Prospect Avenue). Just past Saint Andrew's Boulevard Route 161 passes through a largely commercial section of Clifton with a heavy concentration of medical offices before terminating at an intersection with CR 614 (Van Houten Avenue). The right-of-way of Route 161 continues as CR 611 (Clifton Avenue) towards downtown Clifton.[2][3]

Route 161's lone southbound shield at Van Houten Avenue


Route S3 was defined in 1929 to run from Route 3 in East Rutherford west to Route 6 (US 46) in Clifton, (this is now part of Route 3). In 1942, the state took over the alignment and made it an unnumbered state highway was defined to run from the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Van Houten Avenue southwest to Route S3, which then ran along Allwood Road.[4] World War II delayed completion of Route S3 long enough for an alternate freeway route to be selected, and the part of Allwood Road that was taken over is no longer a state highway. In 1948, the route was assigned the number Route S3 Spur.[5] The number was changed to Route 161 in the 1953 state highway renumbering,[6] and ever since then it has remained an isolated state highway.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Clifton, Passaic County.

mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 CR 602 (Allwood Road) to G.S. Parkway / N.J. Turnpike Southern terminus of NJ 161
1.10 1.77 CR 611 north (Clifton Avenue)
CR 614 (Van Houten Avenue)
Northern terminus of NJ 161
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "NJ 161 Straight Line Diagrams" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ Google (October 23, 2015). "Overview map of NJ Route 161" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Passaic CR 611 Straight Line Diagrams" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  4. ^ "77". ROUTE NO. . Beginning at the intersection of VanHouten avenue and Clifton avenue in the city of Clifton and from thence to connect with Route S-3. New Jersey General Assembly. 1942. p. 319. 
  5. ^ "221". ROUTE NO. S-3, Spur. Providing a spur from Route No. S-3, in the vicinity of Broad street, thence in a northeasterly direction to the westerly end of Clifton avenue in the city of Clifton, county of Passaic. New Jersey General Assembly. 1948. p. 1054. 
  6. ^ 1953 renumbering. New Jersey Department of Highways. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  7. ^ New Jersey Official Road Map (Map). Cartography by New Jersey Department of Transportation. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2007. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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