New Jersey Route 171

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Route 171

Current Route 171 in red; former routing in pink
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length0.98 mi[1] (1,580 m)
Major junctions
South end US 1 / US 130 in North Brunswick Township
North endGeorges Road in North Brunswick Township
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
Highway system
Route 170 Route 172

Route 171 is a state highway in New Jersey, United States. It runs just under one mile (1.6 km) as an extension of U.S. Route 130 (US 130) past its northern terminus at US 1 in North Brunswick Township. The state highway ends along Georges Road near the border of North Brunswick Township and the city of New Brunswick. The route formerly extended into downtown New Brunswick ending at an intersection with Route 27, though the route was mostly unsigned inside New Brunswick. The route is a major thoroughfare in North Brunswick. The route originated as an alignment of pre-1927 Route 1 and later of US 130. After US 130 was truncated, the alignment, which had also been designated Route 25M, was later re-designated as Route 171.

Route description

View north at the south end of Route 171 at US 130 and US 1 in North Brunswick

Route 171 begins at an interchange with US 130 and US 1 in North Brunswick (the official beginning being at the ramp from southbound US 1). The route, which continues as a right-of-way for US 130, heads northward along Georges Road as a four-lane road (two lanes in each direction) passing retail and office buildings and an apartment complex. At an intersection with Cranbury Cross Road, Route 171 turns to the northeast. The route heads northward, passing the Brunswick Shopping Center and intersects County Route 606 (CR 606; Milltown Road). The route continues to the northwest through North Brunswick narrowing to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane. Route 171 passes some retail businesses, the Van Liew Cemetery, and a residential neighborhood. After an intersection with Nassau Street, the road passes Elmwood Cemetery. Around the location where the center turn lane ends, state maintenance of Georges Road ends, therefore terminating the Route 171 designation, however the road continues into the city of New Brunswick.[2]


Route 25M

LocationNorth BrunswickNew Brunswick
Route 171 northbound in North Brunswick Township

The highway dates back to the alignment of Route 1, assigned in the early 1920s.[5] The designation remained in place until the 1927 New Jersey State highway renumbering, when the route was absorbed into New Jersey Route 25.[6] Two years later, this route was realigned onto a new bypass of New Brunswick.[7][8] By 1934, the bypassed section south of the New Brunswick border[9] was designated as Route 25M.[3] Come 1938, U.S. 130 was extended up Route 25M and along city streets to terminate at Route 27.[10] In the 1953 renumbering, the Route 25M was abandoned in favor of the U.S. 130 designation.[4]

Sometime between 1958 and 1963, U.S. 130 was truncated south to end at U.S. 1, and the state re-designated the highway as NJ 171.[10] From then up to the truncation of this route to North Brunswick between 2018 and 2019, Route 171 was carried along the county and city-maintained Georges Road, Commercial Avenue (renamed to Paul Robeson Boulevard in 2019[11]), Suydam Street, Livingston Avenue, and George Street (the final street concurrent with CR 527) before ending at Albany Street (Route 27). With a small extension to the US 130 ramp to US 1 north at its southern end, the total length of the original route was 3.10 miles (4.99 km).[12] No signage for Route 171 appeared along the New Brunswick segments of the route though one sign for it appeared at its intersection with Route 27 in July 2016.[13][14]

Major intersections

The entire route is in North Brunswick Township, Middlesex County.

US 1 to N.J. Turnpike – Newark, Trenton

US 130 south – Camden
Interchange; southern terminus of Route 171; northern terminus of US 130
0.981.58Georges RoadNorthern terminus of Route 171
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "New Jersey Route 171 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. March 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Google (September 8, 2019). "New Jersey Route 171" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Moraeski, Dan (2009). "25M". Alps Roads. Retrieved August 13, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "1953 renumbering". New Jersey Department of Highways. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2009. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ State Highway Route map (PDF) (Map). New Jersey Highway Department. 1925. Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  6. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  7. ^ Alps, Steve. "Route 25". Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  8. ^ Road Map of New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company of New York. 1930.
  9. ^ New Jersey State Highway Department (1939). General Highway Map of Middlesex County, New Jersey (Map).
  10. ^ a b Alps, Steve. "US 130". Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  11. ^ Cervenka, Susanne (June 24, 2019). "Paul Robeson Boulevard dedication ceremony held in New Brunswick". Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "New Jersey Route 171 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. June 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 10, 2018. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Google (September 8, 2019). "Former segment of Route 171" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Google (September 8, 2019). "Streetview image of Route 171 sign blade in July 2016" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

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