County Route 508 (New Jersey)

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County Route 508

CR 508 highlighted in red
Route information
Length16.14 mi[1] (25.97 km)
Major junctions
West end Route 10 in Livingston
Major intersections
East end Route 7 in Kearny
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountiesEssex, Hudson
Highway system
CR 507 CR 509

County Route 508 (CR 508) is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 16.14 miles (25.97 km) from Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10) in Livingston to Belleville Turnpike (Route 7) in Kearny.

Route description

CR 508 westbound at Broad Street in downtown Newark

CR 508 begins in Livingston at the Livingston Circle, a realigned traffic circle, with State Route 10 (Mt. Pleasant Avenue) and County Route 609 (Eisenhower Parkway). As West Northfield Road, the highway travels through a primarily residential section of Livingston. This turns into a more commercial area approaching the intersection with Livingston Avenue, after which East Northfield Road goes through another residential section.[3] At the eastern end of Livingston there is another commercial area near the intersections with County Route 527 (East Cedar Street) and Old Short Hills Road. After this the route enters West Orange; the road, now called Northfield Avenue, is lined with businesses and offices until it enters South Mountain Reservation.

Bridge Street Bridge carrying CR 508 over the Passaic River

After crossing over Second Watchung Mountain the route intersects with County Route 636 (Pleasant Valley Way). Beyond the intersection there are businesses on the north side, with the Richard J. Codey Arena and Turtle Back Zoo on the south side. The road then climbs up First Watchung Mountain, intersects County Route 677 (Prospect Avenue, signed as County Route 577 Spur), then heads down towards the foot of the mountain, intersecting County Route 577 (Gregory Avenue) about halfway down. At the bottom, CR 508 turns onto Whittingham Place, while Northfield Avenue finishes its run as CR 508 Spur. Eastbound traffic continues down Whittingham to Valley Road, whereas westbound traffic uses one-way Kingsley Street as a shortcut between Valley Road and Whittingham Place. CR 508 reunites on Valley Road at the south end of Kingsley Street, and then very soon turns onto Central Avenue, passing through a small industrial area before entering Orange.

View west along CR 508 (Harrison Avenue) at I-280 in Harrison

The road passes under the Morristown Line and intersects County Route 638 (Scotland Road). A variety of schools, businesses, parks, churches, and houses line Central Avenue through Orange, This becomes mostly businesses as the route passes through East Orange, where it intersects County Route 605 (Evergreen Place) and County Route 509 (Grove Street). The route forms the northern edge of Fairmount Cemetery straddling the boundary between East Orange and Newark. Central Avenue passes through University Heights, which ends at Broad Street. CR 508 continues on Park Place and Center Street, passing the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. An unsigned multiplex with State Route 21 (McCarter Highway) between Center and Bridge Streets follows, at which point the route turns east onto the Bridge Street Bridge.

View eastbound alog CR 508 at I-280 in Kearny

CR 508 crosses the Passaic River into Harrison, Hudson County, on the Bridge Street Bridge, which becomes Harrison Avenue. It intersects County Route 699 (Passaic Avenue), Interstate 280, County Route 697 (Frank E. Rodgers Blvd), and County Route 507 (Schuyler Avenue) in Harrison. The road becomes Newark Turnpike in Kearny and intersects Interstate 280 before ending at a grade-separated interchange with State Route 7, which is Belleville Turnpike west of the interchange but takes on the Newark Turnpike name east of it.

CR 508 is part of the National Highway System between Route 10 in Livingston and CR 508 Spur in West Orange, between Valley Road in West Orange and the east end of the Route 21 concurrency in Newark, and between I-280 and CR 697 in Harrison.[1][2]


A road from the Passaic River to the Hudson Waterfront was completed in 1750 and named Douwe's Ferry Road, for the ferry which crossed the Hackensack River.[4] In 1790 the state legislature decided that "public good would be served by a 64 feet (20 m) wide road from Paulus Hook to Newark Couthouse". By 1795 a bridge over the Hackensack 950 feet (290 m) long and another over the Passaic 492 feet (150 m) long (at the site of the Bridge Street Bridge) were built creating an uninterrupted toll road connection.[5] The road between them is known as the Newark Turnpike. The like-named Newark Plank Road also connected with Hudson Waterfront with Newark following a different route.

View west at the eastern end of CR 508 at Route 7 in Kearny

In 1916, this road was signed as part of the William Penn Highway, which stretched from New York to Pittsburgh, PA.[6] The route was incorporated into Route 9 in 1927, before being entirely removed by 1953. The county route was established largely along its present-day alignment in 1952, along with the other 500-series county highways.

Major intersections

EssexLivingston0.000.00 Route 10 / CR 609 (Eisenhower Parkway) – Whippany, The Caldwells, The Oranges, NewarkLivingston Circle
2.964.76 CR 527 (East Cedar Street)
West Orange5.839.38 CR 577 (Gregory Avenue)

CR 508 Spur east (Old Northfield Avenue) to I-280 east
Western terminus of CR 508 Spur
East Orange9.2314.85 CR 509 (Grove Street)
Route 21 south (McCarter Highway)
West end of Route 21 overlap
Route 21 north
East end of Route 21 overlap
I-280 to N.J. Turnpike
Exit 16 on I-280
CR 507 north (Schuyler Avenue)

I-280 to I-95 / N.J. Turnpike
Exit 17 on I-280

Route 7 (Belleville Turnpike) to US 1-9 / CR 506 – Jersey City, Belleville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur routes

CR 508 Spur

Spur plate county.svg

County Route 508 Spur

LocationWest Orange
Length0.31 mi[7] (500 m)
NHSEntire route[2][7]
View east along CR 508 Spur, signed as CR 508 Alt, near Main Street in West Orange

County Route 508 Spur (CR 508 Spur) is a 0.31-mile-long (0.50 km) spur route in West Orange. The spur route runs on Northfield Avenue between Whittingham Place and Main Street.[7] Signage is sporadic with one sign using "Alt" instead of "Spur."

The entire length of CR 508 Spur is part of the National Highway System.[2][7]

Major intersections
The entire route is in West Orange, Essex County.

0.000.00 CR 508 (Northfield Avenue / Whittington Place)

I-280 east to N.J. Turnpike
Exit 10 on I-280
0.310.50 CR 659 (Main Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

CR 508 Alternate

County Route 508 Alternate (CR 508 Alt.) is a 0.41-mile-long (0.66 km) unsigned former segment of the Newark Turnpike in Kearny.[8] It is a two-lane wide, county-maintained access road from Route 7 eastbound serving a NJ Transit maintenance facility and other industrial companies in the Meadowlands.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "County Route 508 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. March 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d National Highway System: New Jersey (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. September 30, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2024.
  3. ^ Google (November 1, 2010). "overview of New Jersey County Route 508" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Chronology - Liberty Historic Railway, Inc". Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Olsen, Kevin K (2008), A Great Convneincy A Maritime History of the Passaic River, Hackensack River and Newark Bay, American History Imprints, ISBN 978-0-9753667-7-6
  6. ^ 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,,-New-.
  7. ^ a b c d e NJDOT County Route 508 Spur Straight Line Diagram from the New Jersey Department of Transportation
  8. ^ "County Route 508 Alternate Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). NJDOT. March 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Google (September 6, 2019). "County Route 508 Alternate" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 6, 2019.

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