New Jersey Roads - CR 511

The first shield that could be said to be on CR 511 North, just after Whippany Road diverges from Columbia Turnpike eastbound.

And the last shields on CR 511 South.

Park Ave. (CR 623) WB. The shield atop the page is just north of there.

Whippany Ave. (CR 622) WB, on its short way from NJ 10 to CR 511, second photo courtesy Greg Pniewski. For traffic coming from 10 EB, this is really the way to both directions of 511, so there should be a NORTH 511 with a right arrow.

NB at and looking down CR 622 EB.

Final view, from CR 511 SB.

NB at Old Mount Pleasant Ave. (former NJ 10, while the current one has an underpass ahead). As you can see, the sign below the shield is nonreflective and erected by the DOT (though neither road is state-maintained, this sort of acts as an interchange with 10), and the CR 622 shield used to be a reassurance for CR 511. Someone explain how CR 622 and Alt. CR 622 are related, other than that they're near each other.

Two more vestiges of years past at that intersection. The first is the NB approach signage that's missing the CR 622 shield, and the second looks down a former direct ramp from NJ 10 WB.

Stretched bubble shields NB and SB at CR 511's first meeting with I-287. There will be more later.

The best I-287 shield on this page, and one of the last few of its kind for any route in the state, on Halsey Rd. WB. It's a short distance before intersecting CR 511 at the I-287 interchange, so it would be more appropriate to have a JCT than a TO. Click for shield closeup.

Hurricane Sandy terrorized this tree outside the Parsippany Krauszer's.

Old things lurk behind the Board of Education in Parsippany.

Another old thing lurks just to the north on Alexander Ave.

SB nearing Lanidex Plaza. Apparently this signal only has yellow, yellow, and green, so you never have to stop. Ironically, the real signal is almost always red when I approach it.

NB at Littleton Rd., which extends US 202 eastward at the point that 202 joins 511.

Skipping the US 202 concurrency (linked at bottom), this ancient sign is NB at Mechanic St. in Boonton. Though much of the black is gone, you can just make out the tiny tips at the right side of the arrow and, even fainter, the notched back at the left side. This sign likely dates to the 1950s or early '60s.

SB in the center of Butler, where CR 511 meets US 202 at the northern end. All of the photos I just skipped are available by clicking the big link at the bottom of the page.

One from each county, both southbound, first in the Pompton Lakes area on Union Ave., and then entering Butler. The speed limit sign is an enticing combination of old and wrong, but not quite the master of either category.

Old signage abounds in northern Passaic County. By old, I mean pre-World War II. Read on...

Apparently, Skyline Drive is quite famous. Once the western extension of NJ 208, it now connects to Exit 57 of I-287, which swallowed the westernmost mile of 208. The signage at the western end, at CR 511, is positively ancient, with cut-corner white signs dating from quite possibly the construction of Skyline Drive over the mountain ridge. First two signs are SB on CR 511, third is NB. The final sign is one block in on Skyline at Erskine Rd.

And here is that end, which splits into a Y, and each end of the Y has its own LWS!

On CR 511 SB, an ancient Mass D.P.W.-style sign (white background and cut corners) for Skyline Drive points to Route 208... to New York! Now, of course, it reaches New York City via NJ 4, but keep in mind NJ 208 was also intended to extend in a northerly loop to NY 208 well to the north. So, was this sign intended to have a double purpose? [Your answer here.]

NB traffic gets its own surprises. Rather than find NY 17 blanks, Passaic County dug and found... US 17 blanks? Somehow, these signs still gave CR 511 traffic a pointer toward NY 17 via Margaret King Avenue (a loop road that connects to NY via Ringwood, so that each sign is at one end of the short avenue) up until 2009.

One last one, pointing the way down Marshall Hill Rd. to CR 513 SB to... NJ 23.

OK, SB traffic gets ONE US sign at Margaret King Ave.

SB on CR 511, which follows the left branch and turns into a new Turnpike, that of Greenwood Lake. The turnpikes are well-signed, unlike the route that uses them.

The end of Lincoln Ave. at the base of Greenwood Lake.

Where CR 511 turns toward New York - oh, yeah, let's put some shields up here to help you out. Better yet, let's make sure the sign is at least legible. Straight ahead, by the way, is the beginning of CR 513 southbound, not that you'd know it for several miles, since 513 then makes an unsigned left turn while the intuitive straight-ahead direction takes traffic to New York.

Still barely in New York, a reassurance shield stands about 25 feet from the border (this happens on NJ 23 - follow the link below). There is of course no reassurance for CR 511. Northern Passaic County loves labelling its bridges, but hates labelling its roads.

Onto US 202 and the 202/511 multiplex

Onto NJ 10
Onto I-287
Onto CR 630
Onto Alt. CR 511
To NJ 208
To NY 17
To NJ 23
Straight onto CR 513
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