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Route 79 is a state highway located in Monmouth County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It runs 12.13 mi (19.52 km) from an intersection with U.S. Route 9 (US 9) in Freehold Township north to an intersection with Route 34 and County Route 516 Spur (CR 516 Spur) in Matawan. The route is a mostly two-lane undivided road that passes through both suburban residential areas and rural areas. The route intersects Route 33 in Freehold Township, Route 33 Business and CR 537 in Freehold Borough, Route 18 and CR 520 in Marlboro Township, and CR 516 in Matawan.

Route 79 marker

Route 79
Route 79 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length12.13 mi[2] (19.52 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1953[1]–present
Major junctions
South end US 9 in Freehold Township
  Route 33 in Freehold Township

Route 33 Bus. in Freehold Borough
CR 537 in Freehold Borough
Route 18 in Marlboro Township
North end
Route 34 / CR 516 Spur in Matawan
Highway system

In 1927, the current alignment of Route 79 was designated as a part of Route 4, which was to run from Cape May to the George Washington Bridge, with US 9 additionally being designated along the route by the 1940s. After US 9 and Route 4 were moved to a new routing between Freehold and Cheesequake, the former route became Route 4A, a spur of Route 4. In 1953, Route 4A became Route 79 between Freehold and Matawan and an extension of Route 34 between Matawan and Cheesequake.

Route descriptionEdit

View south along Route 79 at Route 34 in Matawan

Route 79 begins at an intersection with US 9 in Freehold Township, heading north on South Street, a two-lane divided highway that soon becomes an undivided road.[2] It interchanges with Route 33 and continues through a mix of residential and commercial areas[3] The route enters Freehold Borough, where it crosses Route 33 Business. Route 79 heads into downtown Freehold, where it intersects CR 537.[2][3] Here, the route heads northeast on Main Street to run concurrent with County Route 537 for a short distance. It eventually splits from CR 537 by forking to the left to head northeast on Broadway.[2] The route heads past homes, intersecting CR 46. Route 79 crosses back into Freehold Township, where it continues through suburban residential areas, with intermittent farms and woods. It heads into Marlboro Township, where the name becomes Marlboro Road. The route passes some businesses before it widens into a four-lane divided highway and comes to an interchange with Route 18.[2][3]

Past this interchange, Route 79 heads through a mix of homes and businesses, narrowing back into a two-lane undivided road. The name of the road changes to North Main Street at the School Road intersection. The road passes through residential and commercial areas with some farm fields, along with passing Marlboro High School, and then intersecting CR 520.[2][3] Past this intersection, Route 79 continues north and heads into more suburban areas.[3] The road heads through wooded areas with some development, intersects CR 3 in Morganville, forming a short concurrency with that route that lasts until CR 3 heads northeast on Lloyd Road. Route 79 continues north through wooded neighborhoods and enters Matawan, where it becomes Main Street. It passes through residential areas before the road crosses CR 516 in a commercial area.[2][3] Route 79 continues a short distance north past this intersection to its northern terminus at Route 34. At this intersection, unsigned CR 516 Spur continues northeast on Main Street.[2][3]



Route 4A

What has become Route 79 is an original road for the area. On June 7, 1701 a patent was granted to John Johnstone for a road from old Oysterbank Landing (Matawan Creek) to Wickatunk.[6] This would have roughly followed that Route 79 path. Before 1927, what is today Route 79 was an unnumbered road.[7] In the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering, the route was legislated as part of Route 4, which was to run from Cape May to the George Washington Bridge.[8][9] By the 1940s, US 9 was realigned to follow this portion of road along with Route 4.[5] Eventually, US 9 and Route 4 were moved to a new alignment between Freehold and Cheesequake, and the former alignment between these two points became Route 4A, a spur of Route 4. In the 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering, Route 4A became Route 79 between Freehold and Matawan and an extension of Route 34 between Matawan and Cheesequake.[4] On December 15, 2006, the intersection between US 9 and Route 79 was rebuilt to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.[10]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Monmouth County.

Freehold Township0.000.00  US 9 – Lakewood, The Amboys
Schanck Road
Southern terminus
0.150.24  Route 33 – Trenton, Asbury ParkInterchange; no eastbound Route 33 exit; southbound Route 79 to eastbound Route 33 via Willow Brook Road
Freehold Borough0.741.19  
   Route 33 Bus. (Park Avenue) to G.S. Parkway – Trenton, Asbury Park
1.432.30  CR 537 west (Main Street)South end of CR 537 overlap
1.592.56  CR 537 east (Main Street) / Spring Street / Center StreetNorth end of CR 537 overlap
Marlboro Township5.108.21  Route 18 – New Brunswick, Point PleasantInterchange
6.8210.98   CR 520 (Newman Springs Road) to G.S. Parkway – Robertsville, Marlboro State Hospital, Holmdel
Matawan11.8419.05  CR 516 (New Brunswick Avenue / Broad Street) – Old Bridge, Keyport
12.1319.52  Route 34 (Middlesex Street) – The Amboys, Asbury Park
Main Street (CR 516 Spur) – Keyport
Northern 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 c d e f g h i "Route 79 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Google (June 24, 2009). "overview of New Jersey Route 79" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "1953 renumbering". New Jersey Department of Highways. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ a b Map of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha. Mid-West Map Co. 1941. Retrieved March 29, 2009.
  6. ^ The New Jersey Coast in Three Centuries: History of the New Jersey, Volume 2" edited by William Nelson 1902, Page 188
  7. ^ Williams, Jimmy and Sharon. "1927 Tydol Trails Map - South". 1920s New Jersey Highways. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  8. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  9. ^ Williams, Jimmy and Sharon. "1927 New Jersey Road Map". 1920s New Jersey Highways. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
  10. ^ "NJDOT improves Route 9 in Freehold Township". New Jersey Department of Transportation. December 21, 2006. Retrieved June 25, 2009.

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