New Jersey Route 58

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Route 58

Route information
Maintained by New Jersey Department of Transportation
Length1.43 mi[2] (2.30 km)
Existed1953 (1939 as SHR 25A)[1]–by 1997
Major junctions
West endOrange and Hecker Streets in Newark
Major intersections Route 21 in Newark
East end CR 508 in Harrison
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountiesEssex, Hudson
Highway system
Route 57 Route 59

Route 58 is a former state highway in the city of Newark, New Jersey and nearby town of Harrison, New Jersey. The highway ran from Orange and Hecker Streets in Newark, eastbound as a four-lane freeway across the William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge (known as the Stickel Bridge) to Harrison, where it terminated at an intersection with County Route 508. The route originates as an alignment of Route 25A, a suffixed spur designated in 1939 of State Highway Route 25. The route was rechristened as Route 58 in the 1953 state highway renumbering. The highway was constructed into Interstate 280 in the 1950s, and the route persisted internally until the 1990s, when it was finally removed as a designation. A stub alignment of Route 58 remains near Hecker and Orange Streets.

Route description

Former section of Route 58 in Newark, currently designated as part of I-280
Route 58 stub near Interstate 280 in Newark

Route 58 began at an intersection with Orange Street and Hecker Street in the center of Newark. Paralleling Lackawanna Drive, the highway crossed over the Gladstone Branch, Montclair Branch and Morristown Lines maintained by New Jersey Transit. A four-lane divided highway, Route 58 headed eastward along the Essex Freeway, a short freeway in Newark. The highway interchanged with Clifton Avenue heading westbound and Martin Luther King Boulevard a short distance later. The interchange with Martin Luther King Boulevard accessed the nearby Newark Broad Street Station. A short distance later, Route 58 interchanged with Route 21 nearby. After Route 21, the Essex Freeway crossed on the Stickel Bridge over the Passaic River and into Harrison, where Route 58 interchanged with County Route 508. There the designation terminated.[3]


Route 25A (1939-1953)
Route 58 stub in Newark

Route 58 originates as an alignment of State Highway Route 25-A, designated in 1939 as a suffixed spur of State Highway Route 25 from Jersey City to Clifton Avenue in Newark. The route was designated to cross through Kearny and Harrison, crossing the Passaic at the Bridge Street Bridge in Harrison. From there, it continued along, intersecting with State Highway Route 21 and Clifton Avenue.[4] In 1949, a new bridge for the four-lane road was constructed, this bridge was named after William Stickel, an engineer from Essex County.[5] That year, the New Jersey State Highway Department proposed construction of a new freeway to help alleviate traffic on the State Highway Route 10 corridor, designated as the Essex Freeway from the New Jersey Turnpike in Hudson County westward to U.S. Route 46 in Morris County.[6]

On January 1, 1953, as part of the 1953 state highway renumbering, State Highway Route 25-A was rechristened as Route 58.[1] In 1954, the State Highway Department decided to find a state highway to include in the new Eisenhower Interstate System. Originally proposed to use the Route 3 alignment for Federal Aid Interstate Route 105, the upgrading of Route 3 for standards would be too great. After Route 3 was deemed unusable, they moved focus to short portion of Route 58 that was constructed.[7] In 1958, the State Highway Department gave Route 58 its official new designation, Interstate 280, when construction began on an extended Essex Freeway.[8] Although Interstate 280 was designated onto Route 58's alignment, the Route 58 designation persisted throughout maps and straight line diagrams[3] until at least 1997, when the designation was removed.[9] A short, unused concrete portion of Route 58 remains at the northern end of Hecker Street, crossing over the New Jersey Transit tracks ending near Interstate 280.[10]

Major intersections

EssexNewark0.000.00Orange Street / Hecker Street
HudsonHarrison1.432.30 CR 508
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b 1953 renumbering, New Jersey Department of Highways, archived from the original on June 28, 2011, retrieved July 31, 2009
  2. ^ Milepost Log of State Highways (1969 ed.). New Jersey State Highway Department. 1969.
  3. ^ a b c Route 58 Straight Line Diagram (1990 ed.). New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1990.
  4. ^ ROUTE NO. 25A. Beginning at a point in State Highway Route No. 25 in Jersey City and extending via Jersey City, Kearny, Harrison, across the Passaic river at or near the present Bridge street bridge between the counties of Essex and Hudson to and connecting with State Highway Route No. 21 and Clifton avenue in Newark.
  5. ^ "Newark Traffic Eased; Ramp From Stickel Bridge to Broad Street Is Opened". New York Times. New York, New York. September 2, 1950. p. 12.
  6. ^ "Report on east–west and Route 10 Freeways and Connections". New Jersey State Highway Department. 1948. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "FAI 105 Interstate Highway Corridor: Recommendation Report". Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey State Highway Department. 1954. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Wright, George Cable (September 19, 1958). "New Roads with New Numbers Will Parallel Old U.S. Routes". The New York Times. New York, New York.
  9. ^ Interstate 280 Straight Line Diagram (1997 ed.). New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1997.
  10. ^ Alpert, Steve (2009). "Photo of NJ 58 stub westbound". Alps Roads. Retrieved November 16, 2009.

External links

  • Moraseski, Dan; Alpert, Steve (2009). "58". Alps Roads. Retrieved November 16, 2009.