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County Route 517 (New Jersey)

County Route 517, abbreviated CR 517, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 54.07 miles (87.02 km) from Lamington Road (CR 523) in Tewksbury Township to the New York state line in Vernon Township where it continues as Orange County Route 26. It passes through mostly rural and exurban communities. Its speed limit varies from as much as 50 mph (80 km/h) to as little as 25 mph (40 km/h).

County Route 517 marker

County Route 517
CR 517 highlighted in red
Route information
Length53.86 mi[1] (86.68 km)
Tourist
routes
Western Highlands Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end CR 523 in Tewksbury Township
 
North end CR 26 at the New York state line in Vernon Township
Location
CountiesHunterdon, Morris, Warren, Sussex
Highway system
CR 516CR 518

Route descriptionEdit

 
View north at the south end of CR 517 at CR 523 in Tewksbury

CR 517 begins at an intersection with CR 523 in the community of Oldwick in Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, heading north on two-lane undivided Main Street. The road passes homes and businesses before merging onto Joliet Street. At the intersection with King Street/Church Street, the route becomes Old Turnpike Road and leaves Oldwick to head into agricultural areas, curving more to the northwest. CR 517 makes a turn west into woodland before heading north again into a mix of woods, farms, and residential subdivisions. In this area, the route crosses CR 512.[1][2]

A short distance past the CR 512 intersection, CR 517 crosses into Washington Township, Morris County and becomes Fairmont Road. The route continues through rural areas with residences as it makes a turn to the northwest and reaches the community of Long Valley, where there is an intersection with CR 513 in a business area. At this point, CR 517 becomes Schooleys Mountain Road and is also signed by its former designation of Route 24. The road heads northwest, immediately crossing the South Branch Raritan River as it heads into woodland. The road turns west into areas of woods and homes prior to heading north across forested Schooleys Mountain. After crossing the mountain, CR 517 runs through a mix of farm fields and residential neighborhoods.[1][2]

 
Route 182 heading northbound concurrent with CR 517 through Hackettstown

Upon crossing the Musconetcong River, CR 517 enters Hackettstown in Warren County and immediately intersects the eastern terminus of Route 57. At this intersection, Route 24 signage along CR 517 ends and the county route continues north along with Route 182 on Mountain Avenue, a four-lane undivided road that passes several businesses. Farther north, the road narrows to two lanes and becomes lined with homes. Upon reaching US 46, Route 182 ends and CR 517 turns northwest to run concurrent with US 46 on two-lane Main Street. The road runs through the commercial downtown of Hackettstown, with CR 517 splitting from US 46 by turning north onto High Street.[1][2]

The road enters residential areas and crosses New Jersey Transit’s Morristown Line/Montclair-Boonton Line. The road passes to the west of a Mars, Incorporated factory before intersecting CR 654 and leaving Hackettstown for Independence Township. The road becomes Allamuchy Road and enters more wooded areas of homes and businesses, intersecting CR 665 before coming to another junction with CR 654. CR 517 crosses into Allamuchy Township and is briefly a three-lane road with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane. The road becomes two lanes again as it continues through forested areas with some agriculture and development, forming the western border of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. The route has an intersection with CR 653 before passing Allamuchy Pond and reaching an interchange with I-80. After this interchange, CR 667 briefly loops to the west of the road before it continues into more agricultural areas and turns to the northeast.[1][2]

 
CR 517 northbound past Route 94 in Vernon Township

CR 517 crosses into Green Township, Sussex County, with the name becoming Decker Pond Road, and intersects CR 611 before passing to the northwest of Lake Tranquility, a lake in a wooded area that is surrounded by residential developments. Near the lake, the route has a junction with CR 603. The road runs through more areas of woodland and farmland as CR 517 makes a right turn onto Whitehall Road prior to making a turn to the left. The road enters Andover and becomes Brighton Avenue, passing under the abandoned Lackawanna Cutoff prior to entering residential areas. CR 517 crosses CR 606 before intersecting US 206. At this point, the route turns north to run along US 206 briefly through the commercial downtown of Andover before splitting and continuing east on Lenape Road. CR 517 curves northeast at the CR 613 junction and enters wooded areas with some farms and homes. The road continues into Andover Township and enters forests with residential developments, passing to the southeast of Lake Lenape. The road turns to the east near Clearwater Lake and becomes Andover-Sparta Road as it runs a short distance to the south of Perona Lake. CR 517 enters Sparta Township and turns northeast again through more residential areas. The route turns east onto Sparta Road at the CR 616 junction and passes more wooded development as it comes to an intersection with Route 181 in a commercial area. A short distance later, CR 517 comes to an interchange with the Route 15 freeway.[1][2]

Following this interchange, the route heads northeast and crosses under the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway's New Jersey Subdivision line and runs immediately to the west of that railroad line as it continues through rural areas with homes. The road intersects CR 620 and becomes Ogdensburg Road as it turns north away from the railroad and crosses into Ogdensburg. Here, CR 517 becomes Main Street and continues past a mix of forests and residential subdivisions and passes residential and commercial development in the center of town. The road continues north into Franklin and runs through more rural areas prior to coming to the Route 23 junction. CR 517 heads north along with Route 23 and the road continues through residential and commercial areas of Franklin with a brief wide painted median near the CR 631 intersection.[1] The road crosses a stream, Mill Brook, into Hamburg, where CR 517 splits from Route 23 by heading east on Quarry Road.[1][2]

The road continues through wooded residential neighborhoods prior to entering Hardyston Township. Then, an alternate entrance to Crystal Springs Country Club appears prior to leaving Hardyston Twp. At this point, the route becomes Rudeville Road and heads northeast between residential areas to the west and wooded mountains to the east. The road crosses into Vernon Township and heads through more forests, reaching a junction with Route 94 near the Mountain Creek ski resort. At this intersection, CR 517 makes a turn to the west onto Route 94 and crosses the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway line. The county route splits from Route 94 by heading north onto McAfee-Glenwood Road, continuing through a mix of homes and woods. CR 517 then intersects Lake Pochung Rd. Less than 1,000 feet (300 m) later, (after Lake Pochung Rd.,) McPeek road appears. The road turns northeast and intersects CR 641 before heading east and making a turn northeast onto Sandhill Road. The road passes near residential subdivisions before turning north into a mix of farms, woods, and homes, crossing the Appalachian Trail. CR 517 has an intersection with the northern terminus of CR 565 before coming to the New York border, where the road continues into Orange County, New York as CR 26.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The section running from Hackettstown to Long Valley was originally created as part of the Washington Turnpike, which stretched from Morristown to Philipsburg. This road was later incorporated into the William Penn Highway, which ran from Jersey City to Philipsburg.[3] The section of road running from Schooley's Mountain to Long Valley was incorporated into Route 24 in 1927, before being removed by 1992. County Route 517 was designated in 1952. An alternate route, CR 517 Alternate, existed, which is now CR 616, CR 663, Route 94, Route 15, and CR 661.[4]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
HunterdonTewksbury Township0.000.00  CR 523 (Lamington Road)Southern terminus
5.028.08  CR 512 (Fairmount Road West) – Califon, Pottersville
MorrisWashington Township9.3715.08  CR 513 (Mill Road) – Middle Valley, Califon, Chester, Morristown
WarrenHackettstown14.4523.26   Route 57 west (Morris-Essex Turnpike) / Route 182 begins – Washington, PhillipsburgSouth end of Route 182 overlap
15.4124.80   US 46 east (Miller Street) / Route 182 ends – NetcongNorth end of Route 182 overlap, south end of US 46 overlap
15.8525.51  US 46 west (Main Street) – Delaware Water GapNorth end of US 46 overlap
Allamuchy Township20.4932.98  I-80 – Delaware Water Gap, DoverI-80 exit 19
SussexAndover27.0443.52  US 206 south (Main Street) – NetcongSouth end of US 206 overlap
27.1243.65  US 206 north – NewtonNorth end of US 206 overlap
Sparta Township34.0554.80  Route 181 (Lafayette Road/Sparta Avenue) – Milford, Sparta Business District
34.6955.83   Route 15 to I-80Interchange
Franklin39.8464.12  Route 23 south – ButlerSouth end of Route 23 overlap
Hamburg42.5468.46  Route 23 north – SussexNorth end of Route 23 overlap
Vernon Township46.4574.75  Route 94 north – VernonSouth end of Route 94 overlap
46.8475.38  Route 94 south – Hamburg, NewtonNorth end of Route 94 overlap
53.4486.00  CR 565 south (Glenwood Road)Northern terminus of CR 565
53.8686.68  CR 26 (Glenwood Road)New York border, northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "County Route 517 straight line diagram" (PDF). Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Transportation. March 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Google (2010-06-17). "overview of County Route 517" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  3. ^ Rand McNally and Co. "Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, South East Michigan, Southern Ontario, Western New York: District No. 4". Rand McNally Official Auto Trails Map, 3rd ed., 1924, pp. 168-169. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, David Rumsey (curator), Cartography Associates, Accessed Nov 4, 2019, www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~201570~3000600:Auto-Trails-Map--Pennsylvania,-New-.
  4. ^ Steve Alpert. "New Jersey Roads - NJ State Highways - CR 515-530". Retrieved 2008-08-28.[self-published source]

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