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County Route 527 (New Jersey)

County Route 527, abbreviated CR 527, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 84.86 mi (136.57 km) from Main Street (Route 166 and CR 549) in Toms River Township to Pompton Avenue (Route 23) in Cedar Grove. It passes through more counties (six) than any other county route in New Jersey. CR 527 is also the second longest 500-series county route in New Jersey after Route 519. It was first given the number 527 in 1954.

County Route 527 marker

County Route 527
CR 527 highlighted in red, CR 527A in blue
Route information
Length84.86 mi[1] (136.57 km)
ExistedBy 1954–present
Major junctions
South end Route 166 / CR 549 in Toms River
North end Route 23 / CR 604 in Cedar Grove
CountiesOcean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Essex
Highway system
CR 526CR 528

CR 527 passes through Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, and Essex counties on the eastern side of the state. It has two concurrencies with Route 18 in Middlesex County in addition to other minor state highways and county roads. Interchanges with the Garden State Parkway and Interstates 195, 95 (New Jersey Turnpike), 287, 78, and 280 are found along CR 527.

Route descriptionEdit

CR 527 northbound past CR 1 and CR 527A in Manalapan Township

CR 527 begins at a traffic light with New Jersey Route 166 in Toms River.[1] Passing some local roads at the beginning, CR 527 crosses an interchange with the Garden State Parkway at .53 of a mile (0.85 km). More than a mile later, New Jersey Route 37 crosses 527 at a traffic light. Continuing through Toms River Township, CR 571 merges into 527 for about 3/4 of a mile.[1] At 7.57 miles (12.18 km), State Route 70 crosses CR 527. Just past ten miles (16 km), CR 547 crosses in Jackson Township. Further in Jackson Township, CR 527 joins CR 528 for a 3.78-mile-long (6.08 km) concurrency. At the end of the concurrency, CR 527 continues straight while CR 528 leaves to the left and CR 626 (Bennetts Mills Road) leaves to the right.[1]

At 18.05 miles (29.05 km), CR 526 and CR 527 intersect.[1] Less than a mile later, Interstate 195 interchanges with CR 527. Past this interchange, the route passes east of the Jackson Township Park & Ride, a park and ride facility serving Academy Bus Lines. At 19.61 miles (31.56 km), CR 527 leaves Ocean County and enters Monmouth County. On the Freehold / Millstone / Manalapan township border, County Routes 524 and 537 cross. Past 24 miles (39 km) at Carrs Corner, CR 527 turns to the right heading northeast while an alternate route to 527, CR 527A begins straight ahead. At 26.61 miles (42.82 km), New Jersey Route 33 crosses at a traffic light in Manalapan. CR 527 heads north enters Englishtown.[1] In Englishtown, CR 527 reaches the northern terminus of CR 527A at South Main Street and later forms a 0.07-mile-long (110 m) concurrency with CR 522. At 30.58 miles (49.21 km), CR 527 re-enters Manalapan for a short distance. At 31.50 miles (50.69 km), CR 527 enters Monroe Township which is in Middlesex County. 527 spends a short time in Monroe as it soon enters the township of Old Bridge. At 34.29 miles (55.18 km), CR 520 crosses at a traffic light.[1]

View north along CR 527 at Kossman Street in East Brunswick

After passing local roads in Old Bridge, CR 527 forms a brief concurrency with CR 516 as they cross over Route 18.[1] At CR 527 leaves to the left at Old Matawan Road and continues into East Brunswick and South River. Just before 41 miles (66 km), CR 535 crosses 527 at a traffic light. Entering East Brunswick again, Route 18 and CR 527 merge again for about four miles (6 km).[1] In this section, there are exits for Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike) and U.S. Route 1. CR 527 follows Route 18 into New Brunswick and exits the concurrency with Route 18 and forms one for the entire length of Route 172 through Rutgers University's Douglass Campus. Heading northwest along New Brunswick's George Street, CR 527 then merges into a concurrency with Route 27 on Albany Street. CR 527 turns off Route 27 at Easton Avenue. At Hamilton Street (unsigned CR 514), CR 527 continues past numerous businesses towards the outskirts of New Brunswick.[1]

CR 527 northbound past CR 636 in Summit

At 48 miles (77 km), CR 527 enters Franklin Township, Somerset County and approximately a half-mile later, CR 527 splits into a four-lane highway, known locally as Easton Avenue.[1] The stretch does not last long as it ends at about 50.5 miles (81.3 km). At 51.21 miles (82.41 km), the roads split again and soon reach Interstate 287. At 52.13 miles (83.90 km), CR 527 crosses the town border and enters South Bound Brook. Soon entering regular Bound Brook, the road divides again into a divided highway at 53.35 miles (85.86 km). The divided highway merges again at about 53.8 miles (86.6 km). At 54.3 miles (87.4 km), Route 28 crosses.[1] After the intersection with Route 28, CR 527 enters Bridgewater and crosses with U.S. Route 22. In Watchung, CR 529 leaves to the right. Just past the 61-mile (98 km) mark, the road divides again for a short time. In between this divided stage, CR 531 merges in. 531 leaves as the highways merge again.[1]

Now in Union County, CR 527 has two partial interchanges with Interstate 78 as it skirts the Watchung Reservation.[1] In the city of Summit, CR 527 and the easternmost section of CR 512 split into one-way pairs through an interchange with Route 24 and a concurrency with Route 124. CR 527 enters Essex County after the concurrency ends.[1] At 71.55 miles (115.15 km), CR 577 leaves to the right. Just before 74 miles (119 km), CR 510 crosses.[1] At 75 miles (121 km), CR 508 crosses at a traffic light. New Jersey Route 10 crosses at 77.26 miles (124.34 km) and then I-280 crosses at 78 miles (126 km). In Caldwell, CR 527 merges with CR 506 for about .62 of a mile (1.00 km). CR 527 ends at an intersection with Route 23 in Cedar Grove.[1]


The New Brunswick section of CR 527 was known as County Route 3R11 back in 1947. The parts south of that in Middlesex County was known as County Route 3R10.[2] By 1954, the road was known as County Route 527, part of the 500-series county roads adopted by the state of New Jersey.[3]

Two former spur routes of CR 527 existed. The first CR 527 Spur in Somerset County ran along what is now Somerset CR 651, CR 512, and Somerset CR 613. The second CR 527 Spur ran along what is now Essex County Routes 608 and 649.[4]

Major intersectionsEdit

OceanToms River0.000.00   Route 166 (Main Street) / CR 549 north
0.530.85   G.S. Parkway / US 9 – New York City, Beachwood, Atlantic CityGSP exit 81
1.973.17  Route 37
4.106.60  CR 571 east (Indian Head Road)South end of CR 571 overlap
4.857.81  CR 571 west (Ridgeway Road)North end of CR 571 overlap
7.5712.18   Route 70 to G.S. Parkway north – Lakehurst, Brielle
Jackson Township10.3016.58  CR 547 (South Hope Chapel Road)
11.7118.85  CR 528 east (Lakewood Road) – LakewoodSouth end of CR 528 overlap
15.4924.93   CR 528 west (West Veterans Highway) / CR 636 (Bennetts Mills Road) – PlumstedNorth end of CR 528 overlap
18.0529.05  CR 526 (Commodore Boulevard)
18.4729.72   I-195 to N.J. Turnpike – Allentown, Trenton, BelmarI-195 exit 21
Manalapan township tripoint
22.4436.11   CR 524 / CR 537 (Monmouth Road)
township line
24.3839.24    CR 527A north (Woodsville Road) to Route 33 / CR 1 (Sweetmans Lane)Southern terminus of CR 527A
Manalapan Township26.6142.82  Route 33 – Hightstown, Freehold
Englishtown29.8448.02  CR 527A south (South Main Street)Northern terminus of CR 527A
29.9748.23  CR 522 east (Tennent Street)South end of CR 522 overlap
30.0848.41  CR 522 west (Water Street)North end of CR 522 overlap
MiddlesexOld Bridge Township34.2955.18   CR 520 east (Texas Road) to N.J. TurnpikeWestern terminus of CR 520
37.8660.93   Route 18 north / CR 516 beginsInterchange; western terminus of CR 516; no direct access to Route 18 south from CR 527 north / to CR 527 from Route 18 north
38.0461.22  CR 516 east (Old Bridge Matawan Road)North end of CR 516 overlap
East Brunswick Township38.68–
    Route 18 north to N.J. Turnpike / CR 615 (Main Street) – New BrunswickInterchange; access to and from southbound Route 18 via CR 615
40.9265.85  CR 535 (Main Street)
42.9269.07   Route 18 south to G.S. ParkwaySouth end of Route 18 overlap
43.9770.76   I-95 / N.J. Turnpike – New York City, TrentonI-95/NJTP exit 9
New Brunswick44.6471.84  US 1 – Newark, TrentonInterchange
45.2872.87   Route 18 north / Route 172 begins (George Street) – PiscatawayInterchange, north end of Route 18 overlap, south end of Route 172 overlap; no access from Route 18 south to CR 527 north
46.0474.09  Route 172 ends / Commercial AvenueNorth end of Route 172 overlap
46.5374.88  Route 171 south (Livingston Street)South end of Route 171 overlap
46.7475.22   Route 27 north (Albany Street) / CR 672 (George Street)North end of Route 171 overlap, south end of Route 27 overlap
46.8475.38  Route 27 south (French Street)North end of Route 27 overlap
46.9575.56  CR 514 (Hamilton Street)
SomersetFranklin Township51.5883.01   I-287 to N.J. Turnpike – Perth Amboy, Morristown, MahwahI-287 exit 10
Bound Brook53.3685.87   CR 533 north (East Main Street) / CR 689 (East Street)Roundabout; south end of CR 533 concurrency
53.6086.26  CR 533 south (East Main Street)North end of CR 533 concurrency
53.9486.81  Route 28 (East Union Avenue) – Somerville, Plainfield
Bridgewater Township54.8588.27  US 22 – Somerville, NewarkInterchange
Watchung59.4795.71  CR 529 south (Washington Rock Road)Northern terminus of CR 529
   CR 531 (Somerset Street / Hillcrest Road) to I-78 – North PlainfieldTraffic circle
UnionBerkeley Heights65.40105.25  I-78 east – NewarkI-78 exit 44; access to/from eastbound I-78 only
Summit67.35108.39  I-78 – EastonI-78 exit 45; access from I-78 east / from CR 527 south to I-78 west only
69.69112.16  CR 512 westEastern terminus of CR 512
Springfield Township69.80112.33    Route 24 east to I-78 / N.J. TurnpikeRoute 24 exit 9A; no access to westbound Route 24
70.08112.78   Route 124 west to Route 24 – Summit, Chatham, MorristownSouth end of Route 124 overlap
EssexMillburn70.10112.82  Route 124 east – Elizabeth, NewarkNorth end of Route 124 overlap
71.19114.57  CR 577 (Main Street/Millburn Avenue)
73.57118.40  CR 510 (South Orange Avenue)
Livingston74.80120.38  CR 508 (Northfield Avenue)
76.90123.76  Route 10 (Mt. Pleasant Avenue) – Whippany, Newark
Roseland78.16125.79  I-280 – Parsippany, NewarkI-280 exit 5
Caldwell80.79130.02  CR 506 west (Bloomfield Avenue)South end of CR 506 overlap
81.41131.02  CR 506 east (Bloomfield Avenue)North end of CR 506 overlap
Cedar Grove84.86136.57   Route 23 (Pompton Avenue) / CR 604 (Lindsley Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

CR 527AEdit


County Route 527A
LocationCarrs Corner - Englishtown
Length5.92 mi[5] (9.53 km)
View north along CR 527A (Iron Ore Road) at Indian Path and Dugans Grove Road in Manalapan

County Route 527A (also known as County Route 527 Alternate or CR 527A) is a county highway in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The highway extends about six miles (9.7 km) from Sweetmans Lane (County Routes 527 and 1) in Carrs Corner, New Jersey, on the border of Millstone and Manalapan townships, following Woodville Road, Iron Ore Road, High Bridge Road, and South Main Street to Park Avenue / South Main Street in Englishtown. It crosses Route 33 about halfway between its two termini.[5] Near its northern terminus, CR 527A formerly followed Iron Ore Road to its end at Millhurst Road (CR 527) in Manalapan, but in late 2015, a jurisdiction swap between Monmouth County and Manalapan / Englishtown routed the county road on a straighter course into the borough.[6]

Major intersections
The entire route is in Monmouth County.

township line
0.000.00   CR 527 (Smithburg Road / Sweetmans Lane) / CR 1
2.253.62  Route 33 – Hightstown, Freehold
Englishtown5.929.53  CR 527 (Park Avenue / South Main Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "County Route 527 straight line diagram" (PDF). Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Transportation. March 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ 1947 Map of Middlesex County
  3. ^ Front of a 1953 Map of Middlesex County
  4. ^ Steve Alpert. "New Jersey Roads - NJ State Highways - CR 515-530". Retrieved 2008-08-28.[self-published source]
  5. ^ a b c "County Route 527 Alternate Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. March 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Minutes - Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown" (PDF). August 26, 2015. p. 16. Retrieved January 16, 2016.

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