Route 59, at 0.15-mile (0.24 km) long, is the shortest state highway in New Jersey, United States. The route consists entirely of a short block of Lincoln Avenue from New Jersey Route 28 (known locally as North Avenue) in Cranford to Union County Route 610 (known locally as South Avenue). The route functions as an underpass under the Raritan Valley Line of New Jersey Transit, under which it crosses about halfway down the block, which runs along the community border. Route 59 was originally a proposed alignment of Route 22, which was supposed to head from an intersection with current day New Jersey Route 159 in Morris County at the Pine Brook Bridge before heading through several counties, terminating at an intersection with New Jersey Route 27 in Rahway. Most of the route was not constructed, and a portion in Garwood and Cranford was re-designated Route 59 in the 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering on January 1, 1953.
Route description [ edit ]
Route 59 as seen from CR 610. The junction with Route 28 is visible beyond the bridge
Route 59 begins at a four-way intersection with Union County Route 610 (CR 610; South Avenue) in the community of the
Garwood. Route 59 heads northwestward, passing a couple of businesses in both directions. The route crosses under the New Jersey Transit-owned Raritan Valley Line and into the community of Cranford. The route continues to the northwest, passing businesses before ending at a T-intersection with Route 28 (North Avenue). The right-of-way ends at this intersection heading northbound. [2 ]
History [ edit ]
The alignment of Route 59 was designated as part of the proposed State Highway Route 22 in the 1927 renumbering, which was proposed to run from the
Pine Brook Bridge over the Passaic River at State Highway Route 6 in Fairfield Township. (This intersection is currently where [3 ] New Jersey Route 159 currently crosses the bridge.) The route was to continue through parts of Morris, Essex and Union counties, including intersections with State Highway Route 10 at Livingston, U.S. Route 22 (also State Highway Route 29) at Mountainside, State Highway Route 28 at Garwood (where Routes 28 and 59 currently meet), and terminate in the community of Rahway at State Highway Route 27. [4 ] Most of this route was not constructed, except a portion from State Highway Route 28 (North Avenue) in Cranford to South Avenue in Garwood. This portion was renumbered as Route 59 in the [5 ] 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering on January 1, 1953 so as not to duplicate U.S. Route 22. [6 ]
Major intersections [ edit ]
The entire route is in
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Route 59 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2009. p. 1 . Retrieved . August 24, 2009
^ (Map). Bing Maps – Overview map of Route 59 Microsoft Inc. 2009 . Retrieved . August 24, 2009
^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
^ "ROUTE NO. 22. PINE BROOK BRIDGE TO RAHWAY, by way of West Caldwell, Livingston, Millburn, Springfield, in the vicinity of Garwood and to Route No. 27 in Rahway.". New Jersey General Assembly. 1927. pp. chapter 319.
^ (Map). New Jersey State Highway Department. 1927 Map of State Highway Route 22 . Retrieved . August 24, 2009
^ "1953 renumbering". New Jersey Department of Highways . Retrieved . July 31, 2009
External links [ edit ]
Route map: Bing