New Jersey Route 33

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Route 33

Route 33 highlighted in red; Route 33 BUS in blue
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT and the City of Trenton
Length42.03 mi[1] (67.64 km)
NHSWestern terminus to Route 35[1][2]
Major junctions
West end US 1 / Route 129 in Trenton
Major intersections
East end Route 71 in Neptune Township
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountiesMercer, Middlesex, Monmouth
Highway system
Route 32 Route 33A

Route 33 is a state highway in the central part of the US state of New Jersey. The highway extends 42.03 miles (67.64 km), from an interchange with U.S. Route 1 (US 1) in Trenton, Mercer County, east to an intersection with Route 71 in Neptune, Monmouth County. Route 33 is a major route through central New Jersey, as it runs from the greater state capital area in the Delaware Valley region, through a mixture of farmland, housing, and commercial developments in the lower Raritan Valley region, en route to the greater Asbury Park area on the Jersey Shore. The route traverses through historic towns such as Hightstown, Monroe, Manalapan, Freehold, and Tinton Falls. There are several intersections on Route 33 with future developments.

Route 33 begins in Trenton on a two-lane road. It passes through central Mercer County, joining northbound US 130 in Robbinsville. It leaves the U.S. highway in East Windsor and becomes a local town road into the borough of Hightstown. It turns east again as it passes the east end of the Hightstown Bypass, where it becomes a divided arterial with four lanes as it makes its way through Monmouth County toward the shore. Around the greater "Freeholds area", it becomes a freeway. It then crosses the Garden State Parkway's Exit 100 in Tinton Falls and Route 18 in Neptune. Here, it is locally known as Corlies Avenue. Route 33 ends at Route 71 in Neptune. It has two concurrencies along the route, one with Route 34 and the second with US 130.

Route description

Route 33 westbound past I-295 in Hamilton Township

Route 33 begins at an interchange with the Trenton Freeway (US 1) in the state capital of Trenton, Mercer County; the interchange also includes a ramp from westbound Route 33 to southbound Route 129 at that route's northern terminus at a partial interchange with US 1. The route heads southeast on Market Street as a four-lane divided highway, passing over NJ Transit's River Line and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor railroad line, just south of the Trenton Transit Center serving Amtrak, NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line and River Line, and SEPTA's Trenton Line. After intersecting Clinton Avenue, Route 33 becomes Greenwood Avenue and heads east as a two-lane road through residential neighborhoods on the east side of the city, passing north of Trenton Central High School and serving a few small businesses. Greenwood Avenue then enters Hamilton Township and enters a slightly more commercialized area before passing north of a cemetery. At this point, Greenwood Avenue ends, and Route 33 merges with Nottingham Way and becomes a four-lane boulevard lined with many homes and businesses. After reaching a modified interchange with Interstate 295 (I-295), Route 33 turns right off of Nottingham Way and becomes a two-lane road with a center left-turn lane. The route passes many business and crosses through a wooded residential area before coming back into a commercial area and entering Robbinsville Township, where Route 33 turns northeast onto US 130 and the two routes run concurrently on a four-lane divided highway.[1][3]

Route 33 and US 130 pass through a wooded area with several business lining the route before entering East Windsor Township, where Route 33 splits off of US 130 onto the two-lane Mercer Street. The road passes through woods before emerging into Hightstown, where it serves several businesses and bisects a cemetery before entering the downtown area. Here, Mercer Street ends, and Route 33 runs northeast along Main Street before turning right onto Franklin Street and coming back into East Windsor Township. The route widens to four lanes as it passes under the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and becomes a divided highway, reaching an interchange with the Route 133 freeway, which serves the turnpike.[1][3]

Route 33 westbound at the Route 33 Bus. interchange at the west end of the Freehold Bypass in Manalapan Township

After the intersection with Twin Rivers Drive, Route 33 enters Monroe Township, Middlesex County, where it serves many residential communities. Continuing east, activity along the sides of the highway disappears, and the route enters Millstone Township, Monmouth County, where businesses begin to reappear. Crossing into Manalapan Township, Route 33 passes through a mix of farmland and commercial areas before reaching the western terminus of Route 33 Business, an old alignment of Route 33. At this point, Route 33 becomes a freeway known as the Freehold Bypass, and enters Freehold Township. The freeway passes south of Freehold Raceway Mall and bypasses Freehold Borough, reaching interchanges with County Route 537 (CR 537) and US 9 at the southern terminus of Route 79. Heading into more rural areas, Route 33 enters Howell Township and passes over the Freehold Industrial Track railroad line operated by the Delaware and Raritan River Railroad before it meets the eastern terminus of Route 33 Business as the freeway ends.[1][3]

Route 33 eastbound at the Route 18 interchange in Neptune Township

Now a two-lane road, Route 33 passes through a largely wooded area south of Naval Weapons Station Earle and serves several businesses and residential neighborhoods before merging with Route 34 and becoming a four-lane divided highway. The two routes run concurrently and pass over the Southern Secondary railroad line operated by the Delaware and Raritan River Railroad before entering Wall Township, where several businesses line the route. At Collingwood Circle, Route 34 splits from Route 33, and the latter continues east as a four-lane undivided highway and enters Tinton Falls. The westbound and eastbound lanes eventually split apart as the highway reaches the western terminus of Route 66 and an interchange with the Garden State Parkway. Past this point, Route 33 becomes Corlies Avenue and enters Neptune Township, passing through many residential neighborhoods. After an interchange with the Route 18 freeway, Route 33 forms the border between Neptune Township to the north and Neptune City to the south. The road then crosses entirely back into Neptune Township and passes south of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital. After an intersection with Route 35, Route 33 narrows to a two-lane road with a center left-turn lane before crossing NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line and reaching its eastern terminus at Route 71.[1][3]

Route 33 is part of the National Highway System west of Route 35 in Neptune Township.[1][2]


Route 33 westbound at CR 537, on the older four lane Freehold Bypass

West of Robbinsville, the road was maintained by the Trenton and Allentown Turnpike, which was chartered in 1856; east of Robbinsville, the turnpike followed modern-day CR 526 to Allentown. From the border of Manalapan and Millstone townships east to the intersection with Woodward Road, the road was maintained by the Manalapan and Patton's Corner Turnpike; the road from there to Freehold was maintained as the Freehold and Manalapan Turnpike, chartered in 1858. The Freehold and Manalapan bought the portion of the Manalapan and Patton's Corner now signed Route 33. In addition, a small portion of the Englishtown and Millstone Turnpike was built along Route 33 from CR 527A west to Millstone Road, though this was overtaken in the construction of the Freehold and Manalapan Turnpike, chartered in 1866 to connect Freehold and Manalapan. From Freehold to Jerseyville, Route 33 Business was maintained by the Freehold and Jerseyville Turnpike, chartered in 1866.

Route 33 originally was part of two auto trails: the Cranbury Trail, an alternative to the Lincoln Trail running from New Brunswick to Trenton; and the Jersey Link, running from Hightstown to Ocean Grove.[4][5] These routes were incorporated in 1916 into two new routes: New Jersey Route 1 in parts of the road south of Hightstown, and Route 7 from Hightstown to its terminus at Route 71. Both roads were changed into Route 33 in the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering.[6]

Route 33 was originally planned as a freeway from U.S. Route 1 in Trenton across New Jersey to Route 18 in Neptune. However, in 1967, the NJDOT scaled back proposals to the current seven-mile (11 km) Freehold Bypass. The bypass from near County Route 527 in Manalapan to Halls Mills Road in Freehold was completed and opened in segments from 1971 to 1988; however, the remainder of the bypass east to Fairfield Road in Howell was not completed until 2003.[7] The project cost $33.7 million in 2003 USD.[7]

The Route 33 bypass has three abandoned segments. The first of these is the cloverleaf ramp from Route 79 southbound to the Route 33 freeway eastbound. It has been mostly destroyed, to make way for a new reverse jughandle for U.S. Route 9 northbound to Schanck Road. The merging part of the ramp still remains abandoned along the right side of the eastbound freeway.[8]

The original alignment for the freeway east of Halls Mills Road (CR 55) can be seen now as an NJDOT maintenance shed. The new alignment curves to the left after the interchange, in order to avoid what the NJDOT believed to be a suspected (but never identified) turtle bog habitat. The pavement is accessible from the eastbound on-ramp, but is fenced off.[9]

Howell Road was never given access from Route 33 eastbound and thus the ramp still remains barricaded off, slowly decaying.[10]

Up until late 1988, Route 33 westbound ran underneath US 130, then merged with US 130's southbound lanes. This was because Route 33 ran parallel to Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) Camden & Amboy route at that point, requiring a massive concrete overpass. (Route 33 eastbound also ascended the bridge approach about halfway before branching off like an exit ramp—a sign with flashing lights read "Hightstown, Shore Points" at the fork.) PRR abandoned the Hightstown–Windsor segment in 1967, reducing the importance of the hulking bridge. NJDOT eventually demolished the crumbling structure in 1989, with its approaches flattened to grade. Route 33 now meets US 130 at the north end of the multiplex with a traffic signal.

Route 33 eastbound at the Howell Road exit ramp, which still remains closed

A similar bridge carried Route 33 over the same PRR (now Conrail Shared Assets Operations [CSAO]) line further south in Robbinsville. NJDOT replaced the overpass with a wider, linear roadway in 2009. As the CSAO line was dormant, no railroad street crossing was installed. Trackage was dismantled two years later in 2011 in between Robbinsville and Windsor.

In 2001, the Freehold Bypass was designated as the Theodore J. Narozanick Highway.[11]

Until 2003, the Route 33/US 130 junction in Robbinsville was configured as an at-grade wye interchange, employing curved ramps for the directional movements. The junction has since been modified to a signalized intersection with ordinary turning lanes. It has also been converted from a T-intersection to a 4-way, with the construction of a new road on the southeast side of US-130.

On December 31, 2006, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority released its proposals regarding Interchange 8 on the New Jersey Turnpike. The old Interchange 8 was to be demolished and replaced with a new interchange. The new Exit 8 would end at the intersection with Route 33, Milford Road, and the Route 133 bypass (on the east side of the expressway, instead of the west). This new Exit 8 would grant direct access to the bypass (without going through any traffic lights), as well as to 33, using grade-separated interchanges. The new toll gate was to feature a total of 10 lanes at the new facility.[12] The new interchange opened in January 2013.

Major intersections

US 1 / Route 129 south – Princeton, New Brunswick, New York, Morrisville, Philadelphia
Interchange, western terminus, ramp to southbound Route 129, Market Street continues west to US 206 and Route 29
Hamilton Township3.325.34

I-295 south to I-95 / N.J. Turnpike
Exit 63 (I-295); access from I-295 to Route 33 westbound and from Route 33 to I-295 southbound

CR 533 (Whitehorse Mercerville Road) to I-295 north – Princeton, Bordentown
Robbinsville Township7.50–

CR 526 (Robbinsville Edinburg Road/Robbinsville Allentown Road) to N.J. Turnpike – Princeton, Allentown

US 130 south to N.J. Turnpike
CR 526
West end of US 130 overlap
East Windsor Township12.3919.94
US 130 north
East end of US 130 overlap

CR 539 south / CR 571 east (South Main Street)
West end of CR 539/CR 571 overlap
CR 571 west (Stockton Street)
East end of CR 571 overlap
CR 539 north (North Main Street) – Cranbury
East end of CR 539 overlap
East Windsor TownshipWest end of expressway section

I-95 Toll / N.J. Turnpike / Route 133 west – East Windsor, Princeton
Interchange; exit 8 (I-95/Turnpike)
MiddlesexNo major intersections
MonmouthMillstone Township21.1033.96 CR 527A (Iron Ore Road/Woodville Road) – Englishtown, Smithburg
Manalapan Township24.0138.64 CR 527 (Millhurst Road/Sweetmans Lane) – Tennent, Englishtown, Perrineville

Route 33 Bus. east to US 9 north – Freehold Business District
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; western end of freeway section
Freehold Township25.6841.33Wemrock Road – Monmouth Battlefield State Park

CR 537 west – Smithburg
Wemrock Road signed westbound; CR 537 signed eastbound

CR 537 to US 9 north – Smithburg, Freehold, The Amboys, Newark
No access from Route 33 eastbound to CR 537 westbound or from CR 537 eastbound to Route 33 westbound
US 9 south – Lakewood
Access from Route 33 only
Route 79 north (South Street) – Freehold
No eastbound exit
29.0446.74Halls Mills Road – AdelphiaAccess via CR 55
Howell Township30.0448.34Howell RoadWestbound entrance only
30.6449.31Brickyard Road, Fairfield RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
30.8749.68East end of expressway section

Route 33 Bus. west – Freehold Business District
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
34.7755.96West end of expressway section

Route 34 north – Matawan, New York City
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of Route 34 overlap
Wall Township35.76–

Route 34 south – Brielle

CR 547 south (Asbury Road) – Farmingdale
Collingwood Circle; east end of Route 34 overlap; west end of CR 547 overlap
East end of expressway section
CR 547 north (Shafto Road) – Eatontown
East end of CR 547 overlap
Tinton Falls37.1659.80
Route 66 east / Premium Outlets Boulevard – Asbury Park

G.S. Parkway
Exits 100A-C (Garden State Parkway)
Neptune Township40.01–
Route 18 – Avon, Eatontown, Evans Area, Point PleasantExit 8 (Route 18)
41.3866.59 Route 35 – Eatontown, Belmar
42.0367.64 Route 71 (Main Street) – Asbury Park, Bradley BeachEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business route

View east along Route 33 Business at Route 79 in Freehold

Business plate.svg

Route 33 Business

Length6.89 mi[13] (11.09 km)
NHSEntire route[2][13]

Route 33 Business is a short state highway in New Jersey that is the original alignment of Route 33 before a freeway was built as a bypass of Freehold. This business route stretches 6.89 miles (11.09 km) through Manalapan Township, Freehold Township, Freehold Borough and Howell Township. The highway holds the distinction of being the only business route state highway in all of New Jersey.

Route 33 Business westbound at CR 55

Route 33 Business begins at the interchange with Route 33, its parent route, in Manalapan Township, New Jersey. A short distance after, the interchange from Route 33 eastbound merges into Route 33 Business, and the route passes to the south of Monmouth Battlefield State Park and enters Freehold Township. Soon after entering the borough of Freehold, Route 33 Business interchanges with U.S. Route 9. Route 33 Business turns to the southeast, passing to the north of Freehold Raceway. A short distance later, Route 33 Business intersects at a traffic light with New Jersey Route 79 (South Street) in downtown Freehold. Farther east, the route passes over the Freehold Industrial Track railroad line operated by the Delaware and Raritan River Railroad. At the intersection with Fairfield Road, Route 33 Business enters the interchange with Route 33 and the freeway, where the designation terminates.[14] The entire length of Route 33 Business is part of the National Highway System.[2][13]

Route 33 Business originates as an alignment of Route 33, designated across the state in the 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering[15] as a replacement to Routes 1 and 7, which were assigned in the 1920s.[16] The route remained intact for several decades, continuing as the proposals for the crosstown Route 33 Freeway during the 1960s were drawn up. The new Route 33 Freeway was to be 39 miles (63 km) long, starting at U.S. Route 1 in Trenton, crossing through Princeton and into Hightstown, where it would connect with the current-day New Jersey Route 133, heading eastward, where it would connect with the unbuilt Driscoll Expressway in Freehold. The freeway would continue, interchanging with the Garden State Parkway near Exit 100 in Neptune and terminate at the Route 18 freeway in Neptune.[17] However, the next year, the New Jersey Department of Transportation had to scale down the project to a new bypass of Freehold, and prevent the congestion of traffic through the borough.[18] Design studies began that year, and the entire bypass was constructed during the 70s and 80s, with most of the freeway finished in 1988.[19] This new bypass was designated as Route 33 Bypass from 1965[20] until Route 33 was re-aligned off the local roads onto the new freeway in 1990, which at that time, Route 33 Business was designated on the former alignment.[21]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Monmouth County.

Manalapan Township0.000.00
Route 33 west
Western terminus of Route 33 Business; Interchange; access to westbound Route 33 and from eastbound Route 33
Freehold Township2.353.78 US 9 – The Amboys, Lakewood
Freehold Borough2.924.70 CR 537 (West Main Street) – Colts Neck, Smithburg
3.475.58 Route 79 (South Street) – Matawan, Lakewood
Freehold Township4.947.95 CR 55 (Halls Mill Road/Kozloski Road)Interchange
Howell Township6.8911.09
Route 33 east
Eastern terminus of Route 33 Business; Interchange; access to eastbound Route 33 and from westbound Route 33
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h New Jersey Department of Transportation. "Route 33 straight line diagram" (PDF). Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d National Highway System: New Jersey (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. September 30, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2024.
  3. ^ a b c d Google (May 23, 2020). "Overview map of Route 33" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Rand McNally official 1920 auto trails map, New York City and vicinity". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  5. ^ Motorcycle Illustrated. Motorcycle Publishing Company. 1921.
  6. ^ New Jersey Department of Transportation. "Route 33 Straight Line Diagram from 2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2003. Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Route 33 Bypass to open January 17, 2003, New Jersey Department of Transportation, press release dated January 16, 2003. Retrieved June 14, 2007.
  8. ^ Mapquest. "View of Route 33/Route 79 interchange". Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  9. ^ Mapquest. "View of Route 33/County Route 55 interchange". Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  10. ^ Mapquest. "Howell Road interchange". Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  11. ^ "DiFrancesco Signs Bill Designating the Route 33 Bypass, 'Theodore J. Narozanick Highway'".
  12. ^ "Pike plan raises concern", The Trenton Times, January 1, 2007.
  13. ^ a b c d "Route 33 Business straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Overview map of New Jersey Route 33 Business (Map). Cartography by NAVTEQ. Bing Maps. 2009. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  15. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  16. ^ State Highway Route map (Map). New Jersey Highway Department. 1925. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  17. ^ "Transportation 1985: A Regional Plan". Tri-State Transportation Commission. 1966. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  18. ^ "New Jersey Highway Facts". New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1967. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ "Road Halfway Done". The Asbury Park Press. Gannett Newspapers. August 22, 2001.
  20. ^ ROUTE NO. . Beginning at a point in State Highway Route 33 (1953) west of Freehold and thence proceeding southeastwardly to another point in the said Route 33 (1953) east of Freehold. L.1965, c. 210, s. 2.
  21. ^ New Jersey Official Road Map (Map). Cartography by New Jersey Department of Transportation. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1991.

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