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New Jersey Route 79

Route 79 marker

Route 79
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT
Length: 12.13 mi[1] (19.52 km)
Existed: 1953 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 9 in Freehold Township
  Route 33 in Freehold Township

Route 33 Bus. in Freehold Borough
CR 537 in Freehold Borough
Route 18 in Marlboro Township
North end:
Route 34 / CR 516 Spur in Matawan
Highway system
I‑78 I‑80

Route 79 is a state highway located in Monmouth County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It runs 12.13 mi (19.52 km) from an intersection with U.S. Route 9 (US 9) in Freehold Township north to an intersection with Route 34 and County Route 516 Spur (CR 516 Spur) in Matawan. The route is a mostly two-lane undivided road that passes through both suburban residential areas and rural areas. The route intersects Route 33 in Freehold Township, Route 33 Business and CR 537 in Freehold Borough, Route 18 and CR 520 in Marlboro Township, and CR 516 in Matawan.

In 1927, the current alignment of Route 79 was designated as a part of Cheesequake, the former route became Route 4A, a spur of Route 4. In 1953, Route 4A became Route 79 between Freehold and Matawan and an extension of Route 34 between Matawan and Cheesequake.


  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Major intersections 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Route description

Route 79 northbound on South Street in Freehold Borough, approaching CR 537.

Route 79 begins at an intersection with US 9 in Freehold Township, heading north on South Street, a two-lane divided highway that soon becomes an undivided road.[1] It interchanges with Route 33 and continues through a mix of residential and commercial areas[2] The route enters Freehold Borough, where it crosses Route 33 Business. Route 79 heads into downtown Freehold, where it intersects CR 537.[1][2] Here, the route heads northeast on Main Street to run concurrent with County Route 537 for a short distance. It eventually splits from CR 537 by forking to the left to head northeast on Broadway.[1] The route heads past homes, intersecting CR 46. Route 79 crosses back into Freehold Township, where it continues through suburban residential areas, with intermittent farms and woods. It heads into Marlboro Township, where the name becomes Marlboro Road. The route passes some businesses before it widens into a four-lane divided highway and comes to an interchange with Route 18.[1][2]

Shield for northbound Route 79.

Past this interchange, Route 79 heads through a mix of homes and businesses, narrowing back into a two-lane undivided road. The name of the road changes to North Main Street at the School Road intersection. The road passes through residential and commercial areas with some farm fields, where it intersects Matawan, where it becomes Main Street. It passes through residential areas before the road crosses CR 516 in a commercial area.[1][2] Route 79 continues a short distance north past this intersection to its northern terminus at Route 34. At this intersection, CR 516 Spur continues northeast on Main Street.[1]


Route 4A (1940s-1953)

Before 1927, what is today Route 79 was an unnumbered road.[3] In the

  • New Jersey Roads: Route 79
  • Speed Limits for State Roads: Route 79

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Route 79 straight line diagram" (PDF).  
  2. ^ a b c d e f  
  3. ^ Williams, Jimmy and Sharon. "1927 Tydol Trails Map - South". 1920s New Jersey Highways. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
  5. ^ Williams, Jimmy and Sharon. "1927 New Jersey Road Map". 1920s New Jersey Highways. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  6. ^ Map of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (Map). Cartography by  
  7. ^ "1953 renumbering". New Jersey Department of Highways. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  8. ^ "NJDOT improves Route 9 in Freehold Township".  


See also

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Freehold Township 0.00 0.00 US 9 – Lakewood, The Amboys Southern terminus
0.15 0.24 Route 33 – Trenton Interchange
Freehold Borough 0.74 1.19
Route 33 Bus. (Park Avenue) – Trenton, Asbury Park
1.43 2.30 CR 537 west (Main Street) South end of CR 537 overlap
1.59 2.56 CR 537 east (Main Street) North end of CR 537 overlap
Marlboro Township 5.10 8.21 Route 18 – New Brunswick, Point Pleasant Interchange
6.82 10.98 CR 520 (Newman Springs Road) to G.S. Parkway – Robertsville, Marlboro State Hospital, Holmdel
Matawan 11.84 19.05 CR 516 (New Brunswick Avenue/Broad Street) – Old Bridge, Keyport
12.13 19.52
Route 34 (Middlesex Street) / CR 516 Spur north (Main Street) – Keyport, The Amboys, Asbury Park
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

The entire route is in Monmouth County.

Major intersections

[8] On December 15, 2006, the intersection between US 9 and Route 79 was rebuilt to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.[7], Route 4A became Route 79 between Freehold and Matawan and an extension of Route 34 between Matawan and Cheesequake.1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering of Route 4. In the spur, and the former alignment between these two points became Route 4A, a Cheesequake Eventually, US 9 and Route 4 were moved to a new alignment between Freehold and [6] By the 1940s, US 9 was realigned to follow this portion of road along with Route 4.[5][4]

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