New Jersey Roads - CR 577
Milltown Rd. EB at Spur CR 509. Or CR 577. NJDOT recognized the former as the route south of NJ 124/NJ 82, while Union County has signed it all as 577. As this webpage first suggested years ago, the two sides sat down and talked, and this is now all 577.
With the death of Spur CR 509 finalized, this Laurel Drive sign definitively belongs here. It's a tiny tag under a STOP sign.
CR 577 NB crosses a tributary of the Rahway River. The Seal of the County of Union is just a plain ol' house.
Looking back south at the east parapet.
Deep in the woods to the west of CR 577, behind the track, is an old bridge and some buried steel that hints at a former railroad. Springfield Station was just to the west at Mountain Ave., and the still-clear ROW continues to a merge with the active rail line east of Summit Station.
This railroad crossing connected the park to the neighborhood to the north, and may have been a connection from the Dayton School to the track.
The NB remnants of the former railroad crossing sign and signal. That means the railroad continued east. There's a river to the east. What might I find at a river?
If you said a bridge, you're correct! If you said a bicycle, you're also correct, but you probably need psychiatric care. The line continued east from here, crossing US 22 at West Branch Elizabeth River, and ultimately tying into the Northeast Corridor just before Roselle Park Station. It was known as the Rahway Valley Railroad, and it lasted until 1992, although not maintained for its last several years.
Houston, we've got problems. Essex St. and Millburn Ave. through Millburn have, for decades, been a one-way pair carrying CR 527 to the west and CR 577 to the east. These are to the east, on Lackawanna Pl. SB, so we should be seeing CR 577 shields on both signal overheads, or at least 577W and 577E from the brief fanatic phase Essex County had with splitting the route designations. Essex St. becomes CR "527W" only after crossing Old Short Hills Rd. to the west, while Millburn Ave. only becomes CR 630 after passing Wyoming Ave. to the east.
Millburn Ave. (the actual CR 630) WB at actual CR 577. This shield has a white legend instead of the typical gold.
Signage on SB Prospect Ave./CR 577 approaching the very beginning of NJ 10. This includes the incorrect signage for Spur CR 577, which was de-designated years ago and is rightly CR 677. I guess it's really whatever Essex County wants it to be, since it doesn't cross into any neighboring county, but NJDOT really ought to go along with any 500-route changes, and they haven't. I'm not sure if the first and second photos were taken in the same place, but I think they were, meaning that signage for the only state highway at the intersection has been removed, leaving more of the only error.
SB on Prospect Ave. at I-280 Exit 8A. Note the funny-looking 280 shield and the extra yellow around the 577.
Aerial view of the crazy I-280 interchange - well not all that crazy-looking, but you can't see the hill sloping up from either side that messes with roadway elevations. The ramp that until 2010 had that old SB sign loops from down to up just below the middle of the photo.
Signage on Prospect Avenue NB at the beginning of Pompton Avenue, NJ 23, in Verona, and the end of 577.
Onto NJ 10
Onto NJ 23
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