New Jersey Roads - Somerset CR 617/Middlesex CR 609
CR 617, Franklin Blvd., NB at CR 527, which is pretty much the county border here west of New Brunswick. 617 is a 2-mile long western bypass of the downtown. In this sign, Highland Park is straight, Bound Brook is left, New Brunswick is right.
Somerset County signage appears to barely creep across the border in the second photo. These are CR 609, Landing Lane, SB at the same intersection as the first two photos. Landing Lane itself is under a mile long, but CR 609 continues northward as Metlars Lane, as you'll see below. The connection is more tenuous now that NJ 18 has filled in the southern half of Metlars; CR 609 now multiplexes with the state highway, and photos from that area can be seen at the big link on the bottom of the page.
CR 609 NB appears to serve as the jughandle from CR 527 NB to CR 617 SB. Whether this is true or not, this is the end of the jughandle, CR 609 at itself, as it were. Somerset County definitely doesn't make it down this far.
Plenty of old stuff just north of that intersection, both at the same street.
CR 609 will now perform a magic trick and cross the Raritan River. It's the magic... of engineering.
Jumping over the NJ 18 duplex (see the first link below), Metlars Lane SB turns right here, with Suttons Lane straight ahead, courtesy Lou Corsaro. Guess Piscataway wants to crow about its new freeway - well, the sign probably is older than 2004, but Metlars Lane used to run straight into the old end of NJ 18.
CR 609 bears right (along with Metlars Lane) from CR 665 (S. Washington Ave.) and comes to this shield.
CR 609 and Metlars Lane end here at Stelton Rd. (CR 529) just north of New Durham Rd. (CR 501). Courtesy Lou Corsaro.
NJ 18 in Piscataway (and CR 609)
Onto CR 527
Onto CR 529
To CR 501
Into Middlesex County
Into Somerset County
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