New Jersey Route 54

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Route 54

Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length11.86 mi[2] (19.09 km)
ExistedMarch 30, 1938[1]–present
NHSUS 322 to A.C. Expressway[2][3]
Major junctions
South end US 40 / CR 557 / CR 619 in Buena Vista Township
Major intersections
North end US 30 / US 206 in Hammonton
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
Highway system
Route 53 Route 55

Route 54 (known locally as 12th Street for much of its length) is a state highway located in Atlantic County in New Jersey, United States. It is considered to be a southern extension of U.S. Route 206 (US 206), running 11.86 mi (19.09 km) from an intersection with US 206 and US 30 in Hammonton south to an intersection with US 40 in Buena Vista Township. The road passes through the center of Hammonton before running into rural areas. It intersects US 322 and Route 73 in Folsom and the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton.

What is now Route 54 was originally legislated on March 30, 1938, to run from US 30/US 206 in Hammonton south to Main Road in Landis Township (part of present-day Vineland). The only part taken over as a state highway and designated Route 54 was north of US 40 in Buena, the proposed route south of this point remained as county-maintained Wheat Road. In 1953, Route 54 was defined onto its current alignment. A freeway was proposed along the Route 54 corridor in the late 1960s to connect the southern terminus of US 206 in Hammonton to Route 55 in the Vineland/Millville area; it was eventually canceled.

Route description

View north along Route 54 at CR 559 in Hammonton

Route 54 begins at an intersection with US 40/County Route 557 (CR 557) and CR 619 on the border of Buena and Buena Vista Township.[2] Known as Buena Hammonton Road, it proceeds north-northeast as a two-lane undivided road through agricultural areas, forming the border between Buena to the west and Buena Vista Township to the east.[2][4] After fully entering Buena Vista Township and becoming 12th Street, the road reaches an intersection with CR 690 and makes a turn more to the northeast.[2] At this point, Route 54 enters forested areas, with a few breaks for residences.[4] Upon entering Folsom, the route passes over the Beesleys Point Secondary railroad line operated by the Cape May Seashore Lines railroad before coming to a cloverleaf interchange with US 322 (Black Horse Pike).[2] After this interchange, the road comes to a crossroads with Route 73, which is signed as CR 561 Spur. Following this intersection, Route 54 heads through a mix of woods and farm fields as it enters Hammonton and reaches a partial cloverleaf interchange with the Atlantic City Expressway.[2][4] In the area of this interchange, the route is a four-lane divided highway.[2]

Route 54 southbound at the Atlantic City Expressway interchange in Hammonton

Past the Atlantic City Expressway, the two-lane undivided road comes to an intersection with CR 559.[2][4] From this point, Route 54 is lined with residences and businesses as it comes into downtown Hammonton.[4] The road crosses NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Line at-grade immediately before a junction with CR 561. After CR 561, the route becomes Bellevue Avenue and encounters the western terminus of CR 542.[2] As the road leaves the downtown area, the surroundings become more residential.[4] Route 54 ends at an intersection with US 30 and US 206, where the road continues north as US 206.[2]

Route 54 is part of the National Highway System between US 322 in Folsom and the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton.[2][3]


By 1927, what is now Route 54 was an unnumbered, unpaved road connecting Buena to Hammonton.[5] Route 54 was legislated on March 30, 1938, to run from US 30/Route 43 and US 206/Route 39 in Hammonton south along Lincoln Avenue to an intersection with Main Road in Landis Township, Cumberland County (now a part of Vineland).[1] The only portion of Route 54 that was taken over as a state highway was north of the US 40/Route 48 intersection in Buena.[6] The portion of Lincoln Avenue south of US 40 remained a county route called CR 25 in Cumberland County and CR 55 and CR 19 in Atlantic County.[7][8] This road is presently both Cumberland and Atlantic CRs 655 and a part of Atlantic CR 619.[9][10][11] In the 1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering, Route 54 was defined onto its current alignment between US 40 in Buena Vista and US 30/US 206 in Hammonton.[12][13] In the late 1960s, a freeway was proposed for the US 206/Route 54 corridor, running from US 30 in Hammonton south to Route 55 and the proposed Route 60 near Vineland and Millville.[14] The freeway between Vineland/Millville and Hammonton was to cost $47 million and was intended to provide a better route between the two areas than the existing two-lane roads. This proposed freeway was never built due to environmental and financial issues.[15]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Atlantic County.

BuenaBuena Vista Township line0.000.00 US 40 / CR 557 (Harding Highway) – Tuckahoe, Mays Landing, MalagaSouthern terminus
Folsom6.6710.73 US 322 (Black Horse Pike) – Camden, Atlantic CityInterchange
Route 73 / CR 561 Spur (Mays Landing Road) – Blue Anchor, Atlantic City
A.C. Expressway – Camden, Philadelphia, Atlantic City
ACE exit 28
10.0116.11 CR 559 (Chew Road) – Blue Anchor, Weymouth
10.6517.14 CR 561 (Egg Harbor Road)
CR 542 east (Central Avenue)
11.8619.09 US 30 (White Horse Pike) – Berlin, Atlantic City

US 206 north to N.J. Turnpike – Trenton
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Stranger Proves He Introduced Buena Road Bill". The Daily Journal. May 20, 1940. p. 4. Retrieved December 13, 2017 – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Route 54 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b National Highway System: New Jersey (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. September 30, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2024.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Google (2008-02-17). "overview of New Jersey Route 54" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  5. ^ 1927 Tydol Trails Map - South (Map). Tydol Trails.
  6. ^ Wilmington, Delaware 1:250,000 quadrangle (Map). United States Geological Survey. 1946. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
  7. ^ Road Map County of Cumberland New Jersey (Map). Cumberland County, New Jersey. 1954. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  8. ^ Road Map of Atlantic County Sheet 6 (Map). Atlantic County, New Jersey. 1967. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  9. ^ "Cumberland County 655 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  10. ^ "Atlantic County 655 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  11. ^ "Atlantic County 619 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  12. ^ 1953 renumbering, New Jersey Department of Highways, archived from the original on 2011-06-28, retrieved 2009-07-31
  13. ^ "New Road Signs Ready in New Jersey". The New York Times. 1952-12-16. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  14. ^ New Jersey Highway Facts. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1969.
  15. ^ Master Plan for Transportation. New Jersey Department of Transportation. 1972.

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