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Route 71 is a state highway in New Jersey, United States, running 16.78 miles (27.00 km) near the shore in Monmouth County. It begins at Route 35 in Brielle, just north of the Manasquan River and the Ocean County line, and heads north to Route 35 in Eatontown, with a four-block concurrency with Route 35 in Belmar. Monmouth University is located off Route 71 in West Long Branch.

Route 71 marker

Route 71
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length16.78 mi[2] (27.00 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1953[1]–present
Major junctions
South end Route 35 in Brielle
  Route 35 in Belmar
Route 33 in Neptune
Route 36 in West Long Branch
North end Route 35 in Eatontown
Highway system
Route 70Route 72

Route 71 is the former alignment of State Highway Route 4 and Route 35. In 1927, the alignment became the designation of State Highway Route 4-N. This alignment remained intact until the state highway renumbering in 1953, when it became Route 71. The route has remained virtually unchanged since. Route 71 was also to serve as the eastern terminus of the New Jersey Route 33 Freeway in Neptune, but this never came to be.

Route descriptionEdit

Route 71 entering Brielle on Union Avenue

Route 71 begins at large grade-separated interchange with New Jersey Route 35 in the community of Brielle, New Jersey. The route heads northward through Brielle as Union Avenue, passing through the commercial district and residential after the intersection with Harvey Avenue. Route 71 continues northward through Brielle as a two-lane highway before beginning a parallel with New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line. After entering the community of Manasquan, the highway enters a large commercial district and crosses over the Stockton Brook before curving onto Seventh Avenue. After the intersection with Monmouth County Route 49 (Sea Girt Avenue), Route 71 enters the community of Sea Girt. The route continues north through Sea Girt until the intersection with Monmouth County Route 20 (Manasquan Turnpike), where it enters a short portion of Wall Township. There, the route crosses over the North Branch of the Wreck Pond and enters Spring Lake Heights. Route 71 quickly passes the Spring Lake Golf Club and the nearby Spring Lake train station before entering the downtown portions of Spring Lake Heights.[3]

View south along Route 71 at Route 35 in Belmar

Most of Spring Lake Heights is residential, with a large condominium complex surrounding the southbound direction on Route 71. The highway continues northward, intersecting with County Route 524 (Alliare Road) and passes Marucci Park. Route 71 intersects with Monmouth County Route 30 (Eighteenth Avenue), where the highway enters the Belmar community of West Belmar. After crossing the intersection with Monmouth County Route 18 (Sixteenth Avenue), Route 71 enters the downtown portion of Belmar, intersecting with Route 35 (River Road). There, Routes 35 and 71 become concurrent through Belmar, passing the local Belmar train station. At the intersection with Eighth Street, Route 71 turns off to the east and crosses parallel to Route 35 over the Shark River to the community of Avon-by-the-Sea. There, the two routes continue to parallel, with Route 71 becoming a divided one-way street through Avon-by-the-Sea. The route continues northward through the residential seashore community, crossing the Sylvan Creek and entering Bradley Beach. Through Bradley Beach, Route 71 intersects with Monmouth County Route 2, which serves access to the Bradley Beach train station. The highway continues northward through the residential district, and enters Neptune Township. There, Route 71 intersects with the eastern terminus of the cross-state New Jersey Route 33 at Corlies Avenue before entering the large city of Asbury Park.[3]

Route 71 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch

Through Asbury Park, Route 71 intersects with several local streets at traffic lights as Main Street. The route also serves as the terminus of both County Route 16 and County Route 18. After crossing through Sunset Park, Route 71 approaches Deal Lake, where the highway turns to the east along Deal Lake Drive. Route 71's right-of-way on Main Street becomes County Route 15 and Route 71 continues through the lakeshore community as a two-lane arterial. Soon after, Route 71 turns on Park Avenue, crosses over Deal Lake and enters Loch Arbour. However, the highway heads northward into the community of Allenhurst soon after. Route 71, now known as Norwood Avenue, crosses out of Allenhurst after an intersection with Cedar Avenue, entering the community of Deal. Before the intersection with Roseld Avenue, the highway becomes a divided one with a center median. The route continues this way through the residential portions of Deal, crossing into Ocean Township. There, the route comes back together, crossing over the North Jersey Coast Line once again near the Elberon train station. Route 71 continues through Ocean Township until entering the community of West Long Branch near Whale Pond Brook. At that point, Route 71 serves as the main road to access Monmouth University. At the intersection with Cedar Avenue, Norwood Avenue ends, and Route 71 northbound turns westward along Cedar. The route crosses through Monmouth University and enters the residential portions of West Long Branch, intersecting with County Route 15 and 32 within a mile of each other. At the intersection with County Route 15, Route 71 turns to the northwest through a residential area.[3]

Northern terminus of Route 71 at Route 35 in Eatontown (Route 71 southbound ahead)

Route 71 parallels the Glenwood Cemetery before intersecting with New Jersey Route 36 in West Long Branch. Here, Route 71 continues northwestward on Monmouth Road through large commercial complexes and the local country club. The highway continues northward into Eatontown, where it enters a local residential area and intersects with County Route 547 (Eatontown Boulevard), which become concurrent. Routes 71 and 547 enter downtown Eatontown as Broad Street, heading westward with County Route 547 splitting at Wyckoff Road. The highway continues into the commercial district of Eatontown, where it intersects New Jersey Route 35 once again but Route 71 terminates.[3]


Route 4N (1927–1953)

Route 71 originates as an alignment of State Highway Route 4 in the 1920s, which ran from Absecon in Atlantic County northward to Rahway in Union County.[4] Route 4 remained intact through the 1927 state highway renumbering, when Route 4 was realigned onto the current alignment of Route 35 most of its length.[5] The older alignment from Belmar to Eatontown was re-designated as State Highway Route 4-N by the New Jersey State Highway Department. Route 4-N was one of four routes that used the -N suffix from the original numbering.[6] Route 35 was designated on the southern portion, but this got reversed, allow the designation to be extended to Brielle. The route remained intact for the next 24 years, until the second state highway renumbering in 1953. Route 35 remained on its basic alignment, but State Highway Route 4-N was renumbered to Route 71.[7] Route 71 has remained virtually unchanged since the 1953 renumbering in terms of its alignment from Brielle to Eatontown.[8] During the time of the proposed Route 33 Freeway from Trenton to Neptune, the intersection with Route 33 in Neptune was to upgraded to a grade-separated interchange, but this portion was never built after being canned in 1967.[9][10]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Monmouth County.

Brielle0.000.00  Route 35 – Point Pleasant, Seaside HeightsSouthern terminus, interchange
Spring Lake Heights3.705.95   CR 524 west (Allaire Road) to G.S. Parkway – AllaireEastern terminus of CR 524
Belmar5.108.21  Route 35 south (River Road)Southern end of concurrency with Route 35; no access to Route 35 southbound from Route 71 northbound
5.428.72  Route 35 north (River Road)Northern end of concurrency with Route 35
Neptune Township7.6612.33     Route 33 west (Corlies Avenue) to Route 18 / G.S. ParkwayEastern terminus of Route 33, access to Jersey Shore University Medical Center
West Long Branch14.7923.80  Route 36 – Long Branch
Eatontown15.5825.07  CR 547 north (Eatontown Boulevard) – West Long Branch, Long BranchSouthern end of concurrency with CR 547
15.7925.41   CR 547 south (Wyckoff Road) to G.S. ParkwayNorthern end of concurrency with CR 547
16.7827.00  Route 35 (Main Street) / Lewis Street – Asbury Park, New York CityNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "New Route Markers Go Up Next Month" (PDF). The Hackettstown Gazette. December 18, 1952. p. 17. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Route 71 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Overview map of Route 71 (Map). Cartography by NAVTEQ. Bing Maps. 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  4. ^ Sketch Map Showing Approximate Locations of State Highway Routes (Map). New Jersey Highway Department. 1927. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  5. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  6. ^ ROUTE No. 4—NORTH (1917). EATONTOWN TO BELMAR, via Long Branch, Asbury Park and Bradley Beach.
  7. ^ 1953 renumbering, New Jersey Department of Highways, archived from the original on June 28, 2011, retrieved July 31, 2009
  8. ^ New Jersey Official Road Map (Map). Cartography by New Jersey Department of Transportation. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2007.
  9. ^ "Transportation 1985: A Regional Plan". Tri-State Transportation Commission. 1966. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "New Jersey Highway Facts". New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1967. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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