- County Route 676 (Middlesex County, New Jersey)
N. Riverview Avenue
Route information Maintained by Middlesex County Department of Highways Length: 1.55 mi (2.49 km) Major junctions South end: Edmund Street in Edison
(near US 1)
CR 514 in Edison/Highland Park
Route 27 in Edison
North end: Truman Drive South in Edison Highway system ← CR 675 CR 677 →
County Route 676, abbreviated CR 676, is a county highway designation in Middlesex County, New Jersey, that uses the streets of Duclos Lane, North Riverview Avenue, Suttons Lane, and Woodbridge Avenue in Highland Park and Edison Township. It is 1.55 miles (2.49 km) long from Edmund Street (near U.S. Route 1) to Truman Drive. Much of the Duclos Lane section from CR 514 to Route 27 straddles the Edison–Highland Park border. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
In the 19th and early 20th century, the route traversed mostly farmland. In 1947, Middlesex County had taken over the highway and designated it as County Route 1R2. Once Middlesex County started the current 600-series county route system, this designation became internal, and the route became known as CR 676.
North Riverview Avenue and Woodbridge Avenue (Mileposts 0.00–0.24)
Route 676 begins at an intersection with Edmund Street in Edison. The route heads northward as Riverview Avenue North, intersecting with Harrigan Street at milepost 0.05 (0.08 kilometers). Passing through residential areas, Route 676 intersects with Foyer Street and Holmes Street before merging into Woodbridge Avenue (CR 514) at .19 miles (.3 kilometres). The designation of Riverview Avenue continues north past Woodbridge Avenue for another 371 feet (113 m) to Apple Street.
After leaving North Riverview Avenue, CR 676 has a short concurrency with CR 514 (Woodbridge Avenue) for 0.06 miles (0.097 km). The concurrency ends at the intersection of Woodbridge Avenue and Duclos Lane, where the CR 676 designation continues north using Duclos Lane. Due to the presence of a shoulder, there is no parking on this area of the route.
Duclos Lane (Mileposts 0.25–0.74)
The Duclos Lane part of CR 676 is the second longest portion of County Route 676. The border between Edison and Highland Park runs along much of this section. This section also has the second most intersections of the streets that carry the CR 676 designation. The intersection of Duclos Lane and Woodbridge Avenue has no traffic light currently, but Edison mayor Jun Choi and the town plan to add a traffic light to relieve congestion.
Route 676 continues after Riverview Avenue and the concurrency with CR 514 along Duclos Lane, the borderline street of Highland Park and Edison. The first intersections are for Apple, Latonia and Franklin Streets; the latter, Franklin Street, is located at .38 miles (.61 kilometres). As Route 676 continues northward, it intersects with Wisteria and Lilac Streets, two short streets that go into Edison. Cherry Street intersects at .48 miles (.77 kilometres) in Highland Park. Shortly thereafter, Route 676 intersects with Parker Road in Highland Park and Rose Street in Edison. Route 676 continues northward, intersecting with several other local roads in Highland Park, and, at Lincoln Highway (Route 27), Duclos Lane becomes Suttons Lane, and County Route 676 continues north.
Duclos Lane is named after the Duclos family, who lived in residence 66 at the intersection of what is now Route 27 and Adelaide Avenue in the late 19th century. Edison Township Municipal Code prohibits patrons from parking anywhere on Duclos Lane due to traffic issues.
Suttons Lane (Mileposts 0.75–1.55)
The Suttons Lane part of County Route 676 is the longest section of the route with eleven intersections. Edison Township Municipal Code prohibits patrons from parking anywhere on Suttons Lane from Route 27 and 100 feet (30 m) after, because no shoulder exists. Starting at the Lincoln Highway intersection, it has a major curve just after the Gaskill Avenue intersection at milepost 0.92. Then the road makes a right turn after the Campbell Avenue junction at milepost 0.98.
After the second curve is a set of speed bumps which continue until just before the Central Avenue intersection. Just after Central Avenue is a set of baseball fields for the Edison Boys Baseball League named Bobby Brownlie Way. North of the fields is a train culvert for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. There are two more junctions followed by the southern terminus of County Route 676 at Truman Drive South, just north of the train culvert.
In the late 19th century, only the Duclos Lane section of what is now CR 676 had been built, but was not paved; Suttons Lane and Riverview Avenue did not exist at the time. There were also not any housing developments along the road, only farmland. Houses were first built in the area during the 1920s. Approximately 80 residences were built in Highland Park during this time (75 owned, 5 not owned), but all of them were in town and the northernmost residence was on Crowells Lane. The only intersections along Duclos Lane were the Lincoln Highway (present-day Route 27) and Woodbridge Avenue (present-day CR 514), which were then its termini. At the time Duclos Lane was the only connection in Highland Park from between Lincoln Highway and Woodbridge Avenue.
Prior to the 600-series county route designations (1940s and 1950s), the Duclos Lane and Suttons Lane parts of CR 676 was designated as County Route 2S9. The Woodbridge Avenue part was known as County Route 1R2 (present day CR 514), and the Riverview Avenue segment was known as County Route 1R12.
Thirty-one intersections cross County Route 676 from its southern terminus at Edmund Street near U.S. Route 1 in Edison to its northern terminus at Truman Drive South near County Routes 674 and 692. County Route 676 is two lanes wide for its entire length.
Mile Destinations Notes 0.00 Edmund Street Southern terminus 0.19 CR 514 east (Woodbridge Avenue) South end of CR 514 overlap 0.25 CR 514 west (Woodbridge Avenue) North end of CR 514 overlap 0.74 Route 27 (Lincoln Highway) 1.55 Truman Drive South Northern terminus 1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k New Jersey Department of Transportation (2006). "County Route 676 straight line diagram". New Jersey Department of Transportation. http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/12000676__-.pdf. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- ^ a b Google Maps. Overview Map of CR 676 along Riverview Avenue (Map). http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=from:+Riverview+Ave+%4040.500972,+-74.410108+to:+Riverview+Ave+%4040.498260,+-74.410240&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
- ^ Google Maps. Overview Map of non-CR 676 along Riverview Avenue (Map). http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=from:+Riverview+Ave+N+%4040.501102,+-74.410057+to:+Riverview+Ave+N+%4040.502110,+-74.410220&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
- ^ Jun Choi (2006). "Priority: Improving Transportation Safety and Circulation in Edison". Township of Edison. Archived from the original on April 17, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070417133010/http://www.edisonnj.org/mayorchoi/press/2006/04/transportationsafety.asp. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- ^ New Jersey Department of Transportation (2006). "County Route 514 straight line diagram". New Jersey Department of Transportation. http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/00000514__-.pdf. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- ^ a b c Township of Edison (2006). "Municipal Code of Edison Township Chapter 10.08- TRAFFIC SCHEDULES". Township of Edison. Archived from the original on April 17, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070417144536/http://www.edisonnj.org/clerks/codebook/10.08.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- ^ a b c d Images of America: Highland Park by Jeanne Kolva and Joanne Piscoitta, published by Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7524-1303-1 (Page 14 & Page 15)
- ^ Township of Edison (2007). "Edison Boys Baseball League". ETeamz. http://eteamz.active.com/edisonboysbaseball/index.cfm. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- ^ 1947 Map of Middlesex County Rutgers University. Retrieved on June 14, 2007
- ^ 1954 Map of Middlesex County Rutgers University. Retrieved on June 14, 2007
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