Route of CR 533 in red, CR 533 Spur in blue
|Length||32.78 mi (52.75 km)|
|Millstone Valley Scenic Byway|
|South end||US 206 / CR 524 in Hamilton Township|
|North end||CR 607 on the Bound Brook–Middlesex line|
County Route 533, abbreviated CR 533, is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 32.78 miles (52.75 km) from the White Horse Circle, in Hamilton Township to Middlesex CR 607 on the border of Bound Brook and Middlesex Borough. CR 533 shares a long concurrency with U.S. Route 206 (US 206) through Princeton and Montgomery Township, while portions of the roadway in Somerset County are part of the Millstone River Valley Scenic Byway.
It also has a key historic importance, as George Washington used the road during his march from Trenton to Princeton during the American Revolution. This is commemorated by several small stone pillars at various points along the road.
White Horse to Princeton
The southern third of CR 533 serves as a shorter, more direct route between two parts of US 206, connecting the southern portion as it travels north from Bordentown and the northern portion as moves through Princeton and into Somerset County. The U.S. highway turns west down Broad Street at the circle and winds confusingly through the city of Trenton before moving through Lawrence, the county route continues nearly due north through Hamilton and along the Lawrence/West Windsor boundary into Princeton. CR 524 also begins at the circle, following Broad in the other direction toward Yardville and Allentown.
For its first three point five miles (5.6 km) in southern Hamilton, the route is White Horse-Mercerville Road, as it connects the two census-designated places of White Horse and Mercerville. Along the way, it accesses both Interstates 295 (exit 61) and 195 (exit 2) via Arena Drive, just 0.42 miles (0.68 km) from the southern terminus. In Mercerville, it intersects Route 33, providing access to downtown Trenton and the business-laden stretch of Hamilton Square. Less than one mile (1.6 km) later, CR 533 meets CR 535 and Nottingham Way at a five-point intersection, and continues north as Quaker Bridge Road.
At this point, the route picks up the trail followed by Washington. It passes Sloan Avenue, which again provides access to I-295 at exit 65 and widens to four lanes wide. From here, it continues on to the northern border of Hamilton and follows the border between Lawrence to the west and West Windsor on the east (the Keith line). It crosses Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and passes the Quaker Bridge Mall complex to the left as it approaches US 1.
After the US 1 cloverleaf interchange, the road name briefly changes to Province Line Road and intersects an access road to Mercer Mall. At the next traffic light, it intersects the access to the Nassau Park shopping center and Province Line Road, unsigned CR 569. North of this intersection, CR 533 becomes unsigned and is known as Quaker Road. After crossing the Delaware and Raritan Canal at Port Mercer, Quaker Road becomes under the jurisdiction of Princeton, turns off the Keith line into the borough, and crosses Stony Brook on Quaker Bridge. Paralleling Stony Brook and adjacent to farmland, CR 533 intersects Princeton Pike, also known as CR 583, before winding its way through a small residential area, narrows such that it becomes traversable for northbound traffic only, and reaches its intersection with US 206.
Concurrency with Route 206
During its 6 1⁄2-mile-long (10.5 km) concurrency with Route 206, CR 533 passes Drumthwacket, Nassau Street (Route 27's southern terminus) in downtown Princeton and Princeton Airport near an intersection with Route 518 in Montgomery Township, just beyond the county line between Mercer and Somerset. Just before the end of the concurrency, the road passes over Beden Brook. CR 533 is not signed anywhere along its concurrency with US 206.
Montgomery to Bound Brook
CR 533 finally splits off of US 206 in northern Montgomery, breaking off to the right and running along the western bank of the Millstone River, which is itself parallel to the Delaware and Raritan Canal for this stretch. It is now known as River Road, and there is a Canal Road that also mirrors CR 533 on the far side of the two waterways in Franklin Township.
CR 533 meets Township Line Road from the left, marking the move from Montgomery into Hillsborough. It later enters the borough of Millstone for about one mile (1.6 km). Here, it intersects Amwell Road (CR 514), which provides access to a short bypass of the borough to the west. Upon reentering Hillsborough Township, CR 533 meets the northern terminus of the aforementioned bypass, signed as CR 533 Bypass.
CR 533 passes by the Central Jersey Regional Airport, then turns away from the river as it becomes Main Street in the borough of Manville. After two miles (3.2 km), CR 533 crosses the Raritan River over Van Veghten's Bridge and enters Bridgewater. CR 533 reaches CDP Of Finderne, and turns right down Main Street, traveling almost due east for its remaining two and a half miles (4.0 km). In its busy final mile, it passes by TD Bank Ballpark, the Bridgewater Train Station and Interstate 287, enters Bound Brook. There is no direct access to I-287, but Promenade Boulevard does carry traffic to Route 28 at exit 13 off the freeway. Traveling through Bound Brook, reaches an intersection with Route 527 (Mountain Avenue) and forms a concurrency through the downtown area. After a roundabout, CR 527 heads to the south while CR 533 continues east along East Main Street. On a bridge connecting Bound Brook and the Middlesex County borough of Middlesex, CR 533 ends while Middlesex CR 607 continues east as Lincoln Boulevard.
|Mercer||Hamilton Township||0.00||0.00||US 206 / CR 524 east (South Broad Street) to I-195 – Bordentown, Camden, Trenton, Yardville||White Horse Circle, southern terminus; western terminus of CR 524|
|3.30||5.31||Route 33 – Trenton, Hightstown|
|3.51||5.65||CR 535 (Nottingham Way / Edinburg Road) to I-295 north / CR 618 – Edinburg|
|West Windsor Township||8.05||12.96||US 1 – Trenton, New Brunswick||Interchange|
|8.41||13.53||CR 569 north (Province Line Road) / Nassau Park Boulevard||Southern terminus of CR 569|
|Princeton||10.42||16.77||CR 583 (Mercer Street)|
|10.88||17.51||US 206 south||South end of US 206 overlap; no access to CR 533 southbound from US 206|
|12.28||19.76||Route 27 north (Nassau Street) – Hightstown, New Brunswick||Southern terminus of Route 27|
|Somerset||Montgomery Township||16.41||26.41||CR 518 – Blawenburg, Rocky Hill|
|US 206 north / Orchard Road / Bridgepoint Road – Somerville||North end of US 206 overlap|
|Millstone||25.52||41.07||CR 514 (Amwell Road)|
CR 533 Spur south to CR 514
|Northern terminus of CR 533 Spur|
|Bound Brook||32.36||52.08||CR 527 (Mountain Avenue)||South end of CR 527 overlap|
|32.60||52.46||CR 527 (South Main Street) / CR 689 (East Street)||Roundabout|
|32.78||52.75||CR 607 east (Lincoln Boulevard)||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
CR 533 Spur
|Location||Millstone - Hillsborough Township|
|Length||0.45 mi (0.72 km)|
County Route 533 Spur (signed as County Route 533 Bypass) is a county highway in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The highway extends 0.45 miles (0.72 km) from Millstone Bypass (CR 514) in Millstone to Millstone River Road (CR 533) in Hillsborough Township. It is known as Somerset Courthouse Road. There is only one other intersection along the road besides its two endpoints, Hamilton Road just feet north of the Millstone–Hillsborough Township border.
- "County Route 533 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. March 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
- Google (September 7, 2019). "County Route 533 (New Jersey)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
- NJDOT County Route 533 SPUR Straight Line Diagram (PDF) (NJDOT) (Straight line diagram)
- Google (November 28, 2015). "Overview of CR 533 Spur" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
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