New Jersey Roads - NJ 27 - Mainline/CR 514

mainline and NJ 27/CR 514

SB ending in the very restrictively elite town of Princeton with a combo one-piece sign that has no peer in the state. I guess there are too many cars to dare allow enlightened, hippie transportation like bicycles.

NB in the same stretch.

In the days before route numbers, this is how highways were signed. The Lincoln Highway, one of the first, followed NJ 27 for its entire length. The lone marker I know of in NJ is just past Shady Brook Lane on the SB side. Someone want to explain to me how rebar can wear through the concrete without hurting the paint? Considering it happens both SB and NB, I don't think the answer is "this was repainted." I think this rebar actually held a snap-on reflector back in the day.

Yo. I Be NJDOT. I don't know what statement the DOT was trying to make with this sign, but maybe urban youth are hep to it.

This is the earliest state-numbered bridge I've found. The state numbering system was in the process of being born at the creation of this bridge; most are dated 1921-1923 that still bear the original route numbers. As you can see, the Lincoln Highway was blessed with 13.

Don't pay attention to any of these official-looking overhead signs - the county shields in the yellow squares are not up to state standards, and the one shield that does look good isn't in a yellow square. While they come close to NJDOT specs, these are county signs, so it's up to them what route numbers they want to put on there. However, there is no such route as CR 644 according to the NJDOT Straight Line Diagrams (which just really means "we have a route here, we're not going to legislate more than one), so Middlesex County really shouldn't confuse people on the state highway.

Cryptic sign SB past the heart of New Brunswick. It's actually Easton Av., which is also CR 514 and 527.

Old SB BGS's entering New Brunswick. It's conceivable the second set dates from when the NJ 18 expressway was incomplete west of NJ 27, and 18 crossed the bridge with 27 and continued westward on the north side of the Raritan River. The first set, along with the sign below, probably replaced originals from the multiplex.

NB sign on the same assembly as the first SB sign for 18. Until the completion of the NJ 18 freeway along the Raritan River to Metlars Lane, NJ 18 was multiplexed with NJ 27 here and turned left on River Road, going up to I-287.

SB through Highland Park, which due to having a major arterial north of an important city restricted to two lanes, needs such large signs at every intersection (yes, there were more). Then, to end it, a nice, old streetpost. CR 514 is duplexing here.

CR 514 EB leaves NJ 27 NB with an afterthought "JCT".

Love those shields, love that arrow. Hate the illegible sign. SB.

Vineyard Rd. in Edison, WB just south of I-287, courtesy Lou Corsaro. NJDOT ran out of green overheads?

All southbound starting south of the Garden State Parkway, with the second sign at CR 531; not sure what traffic to NB I-287 does. Most of CR 501 is N-S; this directional shift happens across Staten Island, where CR 501 doesn't exist. Since 501 and NJ 440 are multiplexed for short distances on both sides of the island, to follow 501 you would follow NY 440. I don't think much traffic follows 501, though.

Northbound at CR 501, after having passed I-287 but only having access to the southbound side.

A rather shaky-looking railroad bridge just south of the Garden State Parkway. However old this is, it better be on the short list for replacement.

NB at the Garden State Parkway entrance. The "Via Parkway" and "No Trucks" signs are both unique to this entrance, from what I've seen in New Jersey.

SB in Rahway at the same intersection.

The true gem is on the NB side right near there.

In the north, NJ 27 is known as Rahway Avenue, which is the sign you can see here. There are four different street signs, each of which has picked its own particular angle of repose.

I'll read the first one for you to make it easier. It points down Pearl St.; E'PORT is Elizabethport, which clearly didn't fit on this sign. The LEFT banner beneath the traffic light in the second photo (half a block later) seems doubly redundant. That second sign keeps you following NJ 27, which is adequately signed all through Elizabeth except at the next turn, Westfield Avenue (and NJ 28). Following the through street, Cherry St., at Westfield eventually takes you around to the beginning of NJ 82 at NJ 439, which is west of the center of the city. All this trouble because Elizabeth wanted Rahway Avenue to be one-way and quaint under its old arch.

On Cherry Street as NJ 27 NB, click for closeup of the Conrail sign on this old structure.

After bypassing downtown, NJ 27 comes back to Broad St. on Westfield Ave. This overhead may be illuminated or may just be a weird city install.

SB starting on Broad Street and turning onto Westfield Ave. Signage implies that NJ 28 has a block-long multiplex with NJ 27 SB between Cherry St. and Chilton St., which further implies that NJ 27 once used Cherry Street in both directions. Maps imply that NJ 27 once used Broad St. directly to Rahway Ave., so I'm sure the route's changed several times, and the straight-line diagrams have kept up with it, ending NJ 28 at Chilton. FORM 2 LINES is an outdated way of saying "use the shoulder."

The NB Broad St. counterpart to the first SB sign of the three immediately above.

Old style P, SB.

Blocks-long factory in Elizabeth.

Ewww. SB.

All on the EB side, and at least the last one is gone. The first two are on the same original post at Virginia St.

Kingston Bridge, old NJ 27
Onto CR 514 alone
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Onto parallel US 1
Onto US 206
Onto CR 583
Onto CR 501
Onto NJ 18
Onto River Rd., Middlesex CR 622 (former Spur CR 514, original NJ 18)
Onto CR 529
Onto CR 527
Onto I-287
Onto CR 531
Onto the Garden State Parkway
To the N.J. Turnpike, I-95
Onto NJ 28
Toward the Goethals Bridge, I-278
Onto US 22
To US 1&9
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