New Jersey Route 208

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Route 208

World War II Veterans Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length10.07 mi[1] (16.21 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1953[3]–present
NHSEntire route[1][2]
Major junctions
South end Route 4 in Fair Lawn
Major intersections
North end I-287 in Oakland
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountiesBergen, Passaic
Highway system
US 206 I-278

Route 208 is a state highway in the northern part of New Jersey in the United States. It runs 10.07 miles (16.21 km) from an interchange with Route 4 and County Route 79 (CR 79, Saddle River Road) in Fair Lawn northwest to an interchange with Interstate 287 (I-287) in Oakland. The route runs through suburban areas of Bergen and Passaic counties as a four- to six-lane limited-access highway. Route 208 has all intersections with cross roads controlled by interchanges, but is not a freeway as several driveways exist. The route runs through the communities of Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Wyckoff, and Franklin Lakes along the way, interchanging with CR 507 in Fair Lawn and CR 502 in Franklin Lakes.

What is now Route 208 was initially planned as Route S4B in 1929, a spur of Route 4 that was to run from Fair Lawn northwest to the New York border in Greenwood Lake, where it would eventually connect to New York State Route 208 (NY 208). This route replaced what was planned as a part of Route 3 in 1927 between Paterson and Greenwood Lake. By the time the route was renumbered to Route 208 in 1953 to match NY 208, only a portion of the route in Fair Lawn from Route 4 to Maple Avenue had been built. Route 208 was completed west to U.S. Route 202 (US 202) in Oakland by 1960 as a two-lane undivided road; it would be built into its present configuration in later years. A Route 208 freeway was planned across the Ramapo Mountains from Oakland to connect to a proposed NY 208 freeway at Greenwood Lake; however, it was never built. After I-287 was extended from Montville to the New York border in 1993, it took over the alignment of Route 208 between US 202 and the route’s current northern terminus. The last traffic signal along Route 208 at McBride Avenue was removed in 1995 and the interchange with Route 4 and Saddle River Road was reconstructed in 2002.

Route description

Route 208 (dedicated as the World War II Veterans Memorial Highway) is a limited-access highway, however, at no point does it meet the standards of a freeway. Several streets and private driveways abut the road throughout its length, with right-in/right-out access; however, no traffic may cross the highway at-grade. Traffic moves in at least two lanes in each direction for the road's entire length of 10.07 miles (16.21 km), widening briefly to three lanes next to a commercial area in Fair Lawn and near its northern terminus.[1] The entire length of Route 208 is part of the National Highway System.[1][2]

The beginning of northbound Route 208 at Route 4 westbound in Fair Lawn

The road originates at an interchange with Route 4 in Fair Lawn, Bergen County that also includes ramps for CR 79 (Saddle River Road), heading to the west near residential areas.[1][4] Shortly after beginning, a ramp from southbound Route 208 provides access via Virginia Drive to westbound Route 4.[4] The next exit is a partial interchange with CR 78 (Morlot Avenue), followed by a full interchange with Plaza Road. Past the latter, the route passes over NJ Transit's Bergen County Line and comes to a southbound exit and entrance with Berdan Avenue.[1] From here, the road turns to the northwest, passing near more neighborhoods before coming to an interchange with CR 76 (Fair Lawn Avenue). Past this interchange, the northbound direction of Route 208 widens to three lanes and it continues into commercial areas, with some driveways along the road and an intersection with McBride Avenue.[1][4] At this point, the highway passes an industrial park.[4] A short distance later, the road reaches the interchange with CR 507 (Maple Avenue) and CR 127 (Harristown Road). Past this interchange, the road enters Glen Rock and has a northbound exit and entrance with De Boer Drive before crossing over NJ Transit's Main Line.[1] Past the railroad crossing, Route 208 heads through wooded residential areas prior to a northbound interchange with CR 653 (Lincoln Avenue), where it enters Hawthorne, Passaic County.[1][4] CR 653 and Route 208 are connected by a short segment of CR 664 (Rea Avenue).[1]

Route 208 northbound past the Lincoln Avenue interchange in Hawthorne

The highway has turnoffs in each direction for Utter Avenue before passing beneath the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway's New Jersey Subdivision line prior the interchange with CR 659 (Goffle Road).[1] Past here, the highway turns north and climbs a hill, passing the Hawthorne Gospel Church on the right.[4] It re-enters Bergen County in Wyckoff, just before the Grandview Avenue interchange.[1] From here, Route 208 largely resembles a wooded parkway, although there are a few driveways off the road.[4] The road turns northwest and interchanges with CR 93 (Cedar Hill Avenue) before passing near more homes and coming to an interchange with CR S93 (Russell Avenue).[1][4] The road continues into Franklin Lakes and interchanges with CR 502 (Ewing Avenue) before turning west-northwest and coming to an exit for CR S89 (Summit Avenue).[1] Past Summit Avenue, the road has two interchanges providing access to the Becton Dickinson headquarters campus, where the road carries three lanes in each direction.[1][4] It narrows back to two lanes in each direction before coming to the interchange with CR 117 (Colonial Road) and CR 89 (High Mountain Road). The final exit heading northbound is for I-287 north, an interchange that includes another crossing of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway line. After passing the exit, Route 208 northbound merges into I-287 southbound at the Franklin Lakes and Oakland border.[1]


Route S4B

LocationWest MilfordFair Lawn

Route 208 was first plotted in 1929 as Route S4B, a spur of Route 4 that was to run from Fair Lawn northwest through Ringwood, and West Milford to the New York border near Greenwood Lake.[5] This route was to replace what was to be a portion of Route 3 between Paterson and the New York border that was designated in the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering.[6][7] The road was projected to continue into New York and continue through Sterling Forest and Monroe, New York, where it would join NY 208 at its intersection with NY 17. The portion of Route S4B between Route 4 and Maple Avenue in Fair Lawn was completed in November of 1949. In 1953, it was renumbered to Route 208 in order to match NY 208.[8][9] On November 1, 1962, the road was extended to a northern terminus at US 202 and West Oakland Avenue in Oakland, where traffic could exit and continue over Skyline Drive to Ringwood.[10] When first constructed, this portion of Route 208 was a two-lane undivided road.[11] Work to expand this to a four-lane road begun in early 1962.[12] By 1969, the portion between Maple Avenue and Goffle Road was widened to a divided highway with the entire route built into a multi-lane divided highway that opened on January 18, 1971.[13]

Route 208 southbound at CR 507 interchange in Fair Lawn

Meanwhile, plans still existed to build Route 208 past Oakland to the New York border. Passaic County called for a divided highway to bypass Skyline Drive, and in 1967 the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) proposed a Route 208 freeway through the Ramapo Mountains that would run from Oakland to the New York border in Greenwood Lake, where it would connect to a proposed NY 208 freeway (called the Orange Expressway) that would continue north to I-84 in Maybrook, New York.[14] This freeway, which was to cost $66.3 million, was to improve traffic in the resort areas of the Ramapo Mountains and also connect to the proposed Route 94 freeway leading to Warren County and the proposed Route 178 freeway leading to Morris County.[14][15] In 1975, this proposed freeway was recommended by the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission to be completed by 2000. However, it was never built.[16]

View north along Route 208 just north of Grandview Avenue in Wyckoff

When I-287 was extended from Montville to the New York border in 1993, it took over the alignment of Route 208 between US 202 and the current northern terminus of Route 208. In 1995, the last traffic signal along Route 208 at McBride Avenue was turned off.[17] In 2002, construction was completed on a $32 million project that improved the interchange with Route 4 in Fair Lawn. This interchange saw improvements of the ramps and bridges, including the Route 208 bridge over Saddle River Road.[18] Route 208, like many other highways in New Jersey, once had solar powered emergency call boxes every 1.0 mile (1.6 km); however with the advent of cell phones the usage of these call boxes became extremely limited. To save on maintenance costs, the NJDOT removed these call boxes in 2005.[19]

Exit list

BergenFair Lawn0.000.00
Route 4 east – Fort Lee, New York City
Southern terminus; access to eastbound Route 4 and from westbound Route 4
Saddle River Road (CR 79) – RidgewoodNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

Saddle River Road (CR 79) to G.S. Parkway south
Southbound exit and northbound entrance

To Route 4 west (Virginia Drive)
Southbound exit and entrance
0.941.51Morlot Avenue (CR 78) – Fair LawnNorthbound exit only
1.221.96Plaza Road – Fair Lawn
1.502.41Berdan AvenueSouthbound exit and entrance
1.832.95Fair Lawn Avenue (CR 76)
2.443.93McBride AvenueNorthbound exit and entrance
2.884.63 CR 507 (Maple Avenue) – Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Paterson, HawthorneCR 507 unsigned for exit on northbound Route 208
Glen Rock3.175.10De Boer DriveNorthbound exit and entrance
PassaicHawthorne3.545.70Lincoln Avenue (CR 653) – RidgewoodNorthbound exit and entrance; access provided by Rea Avenue (CR 664)
3.766.05Utter Avenue
4.407.08Goffle Road (CR 659) – Midland Park, Ridgewood, Hawthorne, Paterson
BergenWyckoff5.328.56Grandview Avenue – Wyckoff
5.979.61Cedar Hill Avenue (CR 93) – Wyckoff
6.9311.15Russell Avenue (CR S-93) – Wyckoff
Franklin Lakes7.8712.67 CR 502 (Ewing Avenue) – Franklin Lakes
8.4813.65Summit Avenue (CR S-89) – Franklin Lakes
8.8214.19Becton Dickinson headquartersSouthbound exit, northbound exit and entrance
9.1414.71Becton Dickinson headquartersNorthbound and southbound entrance
9.4515.21High Mountain Road (CR 89) / Colonial Road (CR 117) – Franklin Lakes

I-287 north to I-87 – Mahwah, New York Thruway
Northbound exit
I-287 south – Oakland, Morristown
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Route 208 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b National Highway System: New Jersey (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. September 30, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2024.
  3. ^ "New Route Markers Go Up Next Month" (PDF). The Hackettstown Gazette. December 18, 1952. p. 17. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Google (2009-08-25). "overview of New Jersey Route 208" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  5. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1929, Chapter 126.
  6. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  7. ^ 1927 New Jersey Road Map (Map). State of New Jersey. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  8. ^ 1953 renumbering. New Jersey Department of Highways. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  9. ^ "New Road Signs Ready in New Jersey". The New York Times. December 16, 1952. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  10. ^ "Route 208 Sneaks into Oakland". The Sunday News. 1962-11-04. p. 1. Retrieved 2024-01-19.
  11. ^ Wright, George Cable (May 15, 1960). "ON JERSEY'S ROADS; Motorists En Route to State's Resorts Will Find Many Improvements" (Fee required). The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  12. ^ "Rt. 208 to Be 4-Lane Highway Between Fair Lawn and Oakland". The News. 1962-02-20. p. 15. Retrieved 2024-06-19.
  13. ^ "Rt. 208 Dualization Project Completed". The Herald-News. 1971-01-18. p. 18. Retrieved 2024-01-19.
  14. ^ a b New Jersey Highway Facts. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1967.
  15. ^ Route 208 Freeway Location Report. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1970.
  16. ^ Maintaining Mobility. Tri-State Regional Planning Commission. 1975.
  17. ^ Jeffrey Page (February 2, 1995). "ROUTE 208 SIGNAL TURNED OFF". The Record. Archived from the original (Fee required) on March 9, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  18. ^ "Routes 4/208 Construction Fair Lawn, Bergen County Frequently Asked Questions". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
  19. ^ Barlas, Thomas (February 28, 2007). "Last call for N.J.'s roadside call boxes". The Press of Atlantic City.

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