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New Jersey Route 47

Route 47 marker

Route 47
Delsea Drive
Route information
Maintained by NJDOT and Cape May County
Length: 75.20 mi[1] (121.02 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood
  G.S. Parkway in Middle Township
US 9 in Middle Township
Route 55 in Maurice River Township
Route 55 in Vineland
Route 56 in Vineland
US 40 in Franklin Township
US 322 in Glassboro
Route 55 in Deptford Township
I‑295 in Westville
CR 551 in Westville
North end: US 130 / CR 551 / CR 753 in Brooklawn
Highway system
Route 46 Route 48
CR 660 Cape May County Route 661 shield CR 662

Route 47 is a state highway in the southern part of New Jersey, United States. It runs 75.20 mi (121.02 km) from Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood, Cape May County north to U.S. Route 130 in Brooklawn, Camden County. It is also referred to as Delsea Drive, as it connects the Delaware River near Brooklawn to the Atlantic Ocean (the sea) in Wildwood. This name was assigned by the New Jersey Legislature in 1933. The route runs through rural areas of Cape May and southern Cumberland counties as a two-lane road. Traffic jams along this portion of Route 47 are commonplace in the summer vacation season and can stretch for miles due to the missing southern section of Route 55, where all Jersey Shore-bound traffic enters the small two-lane road. North of here, the route runs through the cities of Millville and Vineland before entering Gloucester County, where it passes through more rural areas as well as Clayton and Glassboro. Past Glassboro, it heads through suburban areas in Washington and Deptford townships before running through Westville and Brooklawn. Route 47 is the longest state route in New Jersey.[1]

What is now Route 47 was originally designated as part of pre-1927 Route 15 between Rio Grande in 1917 and as a branch of pre-1927 Route 20 between Millville and Westville in 1923. In 1927, Route 47 was designated to run from Tuckahoe to Brooklawn, following current Route 49 south of Millville. Meanwhile, current Route 47 was a part of Route 49 between South Dennis and Millville and Route S49 between Rio Grande and South Dennis. The latter was extended to Wildwood in 1938. Route 47 and Route 49 were shifted onto their current alignments south of Millville in 1953. Since then, Route 47 has seen a few improvements and modifications including realignment in Millville and the reconstruction of the intersection with Route 83 in Dennis Township.

Contents

  • Route description 1
    • Cape May County 1.1
    • Cumberland County 1.2
    • Gloucester and Camden Counties 1.3
  • History 2
  • Major intersections 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Route description

Cape May County

A four lane divided highway at an intersection approaching a drawbridge
Route 47 southbound approaching the George Reading Wildwood Bridge over the Grassy Sound into Wildwood

Route 47 begins at a traffic light with Atlantic Avenue in the beach resort of

  • New Jersey Roads: Route 47

External links

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  2. ^ Signage for CR 661 along NJ 47 in Wildwood. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
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  4. ^ Signage for CR 618/NJ 147 alternate route to Wildwoods on NJ 47 southbound. Retrieved on 2009-08-13.
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  10. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1927, Chapter 319.
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  13. ^ State of New Jersey, Laws of 1938, Chapter 168.
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References

See also

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Cape May Wildwood 0.00 0.00 Atlantic Avenue / Rio Grande Avenue Southern terminus
Middle Township 3.08–
3.15
4.96–
5.07
G.S. Parkway to A.C. Expressway – Philadelphia, Atlantic City Exits 4 A-B (Garden State Parkway)
3.76 6.05 US 9 (Shore Road) – Cape May, Cape May Court House
Dennis Township 17.54 28.23 Route 83 east – Clermont, Sea Isle City, Avalon
20.20 32.51 CR 557 north (Washington Avenue) – Woodbine
20.91 33.65 Route 347 north – Millville, Camden
23.40 37.66 CR 550 Spur east (Paper Mill Road)
Cumberland Maurice River Township 29.53 47.52 CR 550 east (Leesburg Belleplain Road) – Belleplain
31.95 51.42 Route 347 south – Wildwood, Cape May
33.83 54.44 CR 548 east (Broadway) – Tuckahoe
35.08 56.46 Route 55 north – Millville, Vineland Southern terminus of Route 55
Millville 40.20 64.70 Route 49 / CR 555 (Main Street) – Millville Business District
40.66 65.44 CR 552 Spur east (Broad Street)
Vineland 42.47–
42.50
68.35–
68.40
Route 55 – Malaga, Cape May, Wildwood Exit 27 (Route 55)
43.75 70.41 CR 552 (West Sherman Avenue) to Route 55 – Bridgeton, Milmay
46.55 74.91 Route 56 west (Landis Avenue) to Route 55
46.93 75.53 CR 540 (Park Avenue) – Centerton, Richland
Gloucester Franklin Township 52.52 84.52 US 40 west (West Boulevard) to Route 55 – Elmer, Delaware Memorial Bridge South end of US 40 overlap
53.03 85.34 US 40 east (Harding Highway) – Atlantic City North end of US 40 overlap
56.53 90.98 CR 538 (Coles Mill Road) – Monroeville, Cecil
Glassboro 62.46 100.52 US 322 east (CR 536 east / High Street) to A.C. Expressway – Atlantic City South end of US 322/CR 536 overlap
62.84 101.13 US 322 west (CR 536 west / West Avenue) to N.J. Turnpike – Rowan University, Delaware Memorial Bridge North end of US 322/CR 536 overlap
63.82 102.71 CR 553 south (Donald Barger Boulevard) to CR 553 Alt. – Mantua South end of CR 553 overlap
64.12 103.19 CR 553 north (Woodbury Avenue) – Pitman, Woodbury North end of CR 553 overlap
Deptford Township 68.36 110.01 Route 41 north (Hurffville Road) – Runnemede
69.36 111.62 Route 55 – Glassboro, Bellmawr Exit 56 (Route 55)
71.90 115.71 CR 534 east (Cooper Street) – Clementon
Westville 74.01 119.11 I‑295 north to I‑76 – Walt Whitman Bridge Exit 25 (Interstate 295)
74.90 120.54 CR 551 south (Broadway Avenue) South end of CR 551 overlap
Camden Brooklawn 75.20 121.02 US 130 / CR 551 north Northern terminus at a traffic circle. CR 551 continues on to Camden.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Major intersections

By the 1980s, Route 47 was moved from High Street to North Second Street through the northern part of Millville.[16][17] An alternate route of Route 47 was eventually created to the east along county routes in Cape May and Cumberland counties; this eventually became Route 347 by the 1990s.[17][18] In the 2000s, Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood received improvements to make it reminisce the doo wop atmosphere the beach resort is known for.[19] The Route 47 bridge over Dennis Creek in Dennis Township and the Route 83 intersection received improvements that were completed in July 2007. The Route 47 bridge over the creek was structurally deficient and in need of replacing. The job was completed with wider shoulders and a wider sidewalk on the new bridge. The intersection between Route 47 and Route 83 was also realigned and had signals installed.[20]

[15][14], Route 47 and Route 49 switched alignments south and east of Millville and Route 47 replaced Route S49 south to Wildwood.1953 New Jersey state highway renumbering In the [13] Route S49 was extended from Rio Grande to Park Boulevard in Wildwood in 1938.[12] joked how the road connected the DELaware River to the Atlantic SEA.Woodbury Times named Route 47 Delsea Drive after a reporter for the New Jersey Legislature In 1933, the [11][10] in Rio Grande became Route S49, a spur of Route 49.Route 4 to Brooklawn, following present-day Route 49 between Tuckahoe and Millville and its current alignment north of Millville. Meanwhile, the present-day alignment of Route 47 between the current Route 83 intersection in South Dennis and Millville was designated a part of Route 49 while the current alignment between South Dennis and U.S. Route 9/Tuckahoe in Route 50, Route 47 was legislated to run from 1927 New Jersey state highway renumbering In the [9][8] between Millville and Westville in 1923.pre-1927 Route 20 between Rio Grande and Millville in 1917, and as one of two branches of pre-1927 Route 15What is now Route 47 was originally designated as a segment of
Route S49 (1927-1953)

History

At the border with Deptford Township, Route 47 reaches an intersection known as Five Points.[1][7] Here, the road meets Route 41, County Route 603, and County Route 630.[1] Route 47 turns northwest as this intersection and runs through wooded areas with some dwellings, with Route 55 intersecting the route at a cloverleaf interchange a short distance later.[1][3] Past this interchange, the road continues through wooded inhabited areas, eventually turning due north.[3] It comes to an intersection with the western terminus of County Route 534 as the route heads through more suburban homes along with businesses. Past this intersection, Route 47 passes businesses before crossing over the New Jersey Turnpike without an interchange. From here, it heads through more inhabited areas before entering Westville.[1][3] Upon entering Westville, the route has a partial cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 295.[1] Past this interchange, the road runs through neighborhoods, intersecting County Route 621 (Almonesson Road) and County Route 551. The latter forms a concurrency with Route 47 and these two routes run northeast through commercial areas as a four-lane undivided road, crossing the Big Timber Creek into Brooklawn, Camden County. Here, it comes to a traffic circle with U.S. Route 130 and County Route 753, where Route 47 ends and County Route 551 continues on to Camden, forming a brief concurrency with U.S. Route 130.[1][3]

Here, the road heads through residential areas with some commercial establishments, crossing County Route 610 in the center of town.[1][3] As the road continues north, it heads through a mix of homes and farmland with a few commercial areas.[3] Route 47 enters inhabited areas again as it crosses into Glassboro. The road continues north and enters business areas before heading into neighborhoods and coming to an intersection with High Street, which runs east as U.S. Route 322/County Route 536 and west as County Route 641.[1][3] Here, U.S. Route 322 and County Route 536 join Route 47 for a concurrency.[1] The three routes head through commercial areas before U.S. Route 322 and County Route 536 turn to the west on West Avenue.[1][3] Past this intersection, Route 47 continues north as a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane, passing more buildings.[3] The route intersects County Route 553 and forms a concurrency with that route which lasts until County Route 553 turns north onto Woodbury Avenue.[1] Along this concurrency, the road widens to five lanes as it passes a couple shopping centers.[3] Past the concurrency, Route 47 runs north through suburban localities as a two-lane road, entering Washington Township at the crossing of Kressey Lake.[1][3] In Washington Township, the road passes more populated areas as well as businesses.[3] Route 47 runs to the east of Bethel Mill County Park before entering more residential areas, crossing County Route 635.[1][3] The road passes through a mix of homes and commercial establishments with some farmland and wooded areas as it continues through more of Washington Township.[3]

[3][1].Clayton, where it turns to the north. The route passes more development with some farmland before it enters County Route 538 The road heads into more forested areas before it comes to an intersection with County Route 612 in the residential and business community of Iona. Route 47 continues past homes and commercial establishments as it comes to a crossroads with [3] Route 47 leaves Malaga and passes through a mix of dwellings and businesses with some areas of farms and woods, running a short distance to the east of the railroad line.[1] Immediately after this crossing, U.S. Route 40 splits from Route 47 by heading southeast on Harding Highway while Route 47 turns northwest to continue along Delsea Drive, a two-lane road.[3][1] and head northeast through populated areas as a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane, crossing over a Conrail Shared Assets Operations railroad line.concurrency. Here, U.S. Route 40 and Route 47 form a Malaga in the community of U.S. Route 40, where it passes more farms, woods, and homes before coming to an intersection with Gloucester County, Franklin TownshipRoute 47 crosses into
A two lane road lined with power lines making a curve through woodland
NJ 47 southbound in Middle Township.

Gloucester and Camden Counties

Past this interchange, Route 47 passes the Cumberland Mall on the east side of the road as a six-lane divided highway. Past the mall, the route becomes a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane again and passes more commercial establishments in the southern part of Vineland, before heading into wooded residential areas with some farmland. It crosses County Route 552 and becomes a two-lane road, running through business areas with some homes.[1][3] As Route 47 continues north through the city, it comes to an intersection with Chestnut Avenue, where it gains a center left-turn lane.[1] From here, it passes more commercial buildings before crossing Landis Avenue, which heads to the west as Route 56.[1][3] Past this intersection, the road crosses a Winchester & Western Railroad line before intersecting County Route 540.[1] Route 47 continues north through a mix of dwellings and businesses in the northern part of Vineland, narrowing back into a two-lane road at the crossing of County Route 681. The road heads through predominantly residential areas as it comes to an intersection with County Route 674.[1][3] Past this intersection, the route passes near Kroelinger Airport and continues through mostly rural inhabited areas with some businesses.[3] It crosses County Route 690 (Weymouth Road) before passing though wooded sectors with some homes and farms.[1][3]

From here, Route 47 continues through a mix of trees and residences, intersecting Schooner Landing Road, which provides access to and from northbound Route 55. Just past this intersection, the route crosses the Manantico Creek into Millville, where it becomes South Second Street, and continues past more woodland containing residences.[1][3] As the route continues north, residential development increases along with commercial and industrial establishments.[3] Route 47 reaches the commercial downtown of Millville, where it crosses Route 49/County Route 555 and becomes North Second Street.[1][3] County Route 555 parallels Route 47 a block to the east as the road crosses a Conrail Shared Assets Operations railroad line and intersects County Route 552 Spur.[1] Past this intersection, County Route 555 heads farther to the east and Route 47 crosses the Conrail Shared Assets Operations line a second time, passing a mix of residences, businesses, and industrial buildings. The road becomes three lanes with a center-left turn lane as it heads through commercial areas in the northern part of Millville. Upon intersecting High Street, the route widens to five lanes before entering Vineland, where the name becomes Delsea Drive again and it intersects Route 55 at a partial cloverleaf interchange.[1][3]

[6] resorts of Cape May County. During the summer months, it sees regular traffic jams from traffic coming off Route 55. A proposal to extend Route 55 south to Cape May County, on hold for decades due to environmental concerns, would relieve traffic along Route 47.Jersey Shore area with the Philadelphia South of the Route 55 intersection, Route 47 is part of a major road linking the [1].jughandle, where that route continues north along the road and Route 47 turns off at a Route 55 The route intersects the southern terminus of [3][1] and continues north through woodland with some development.Manumuskin River. Just past this intersection, the route crosses the County Route 548, where it meets the western terminus of Port Elizabeth From here, Route 47 continues north on Delsea Drive through forested areas with some homes before crossing over the Muskee Creek. It continues into the community of [3] with the northbound direction heading east on County Route 670 and north on Route 347, and the southbound direction remaining on Delsea Drive.one-way pair Here, Route 47 splits into a brief [3][1] in a commercial area prior to Route 347 merging back into the route.County Route 670 and continues north. Route 47 reaches an intersection with Leesburg and County Route 710 to the east of County Route 550 The road comes to an intersection with [5][3] to the east of the road.Bayside State Prison The route runs through more woods, with a clearing for [3][1] and continues west through more forests. It enters a mix of residences and woodland as it makes a turn to the north past the intersection with County Route 651.Cumberland County, Maurice River Township, Route 47 enters West CreekUpon crossing
A road at a traffic light, with a green sign on the traffic light arm reading north up arrow Route 47 south right arrow. Another green sign on the right side of the road reads up arrow Route 347 Wildwood Camden Leesburg right arrow
Cumberland CR 670 approaching Route 47 & Route 347

Cumberland County

Upon crossing Sluice Creek, the route enters Dennis Township and heads into residential areas in the community of South Dennis.[1][3] Here, the road intersects County Route 657 and turns to the north. Route 47 briefly widens into a two-lane divided highway as it intersects the western terminus of Route 83.[1] Past this intersection, the road heads through marshland and crosses over the Dennis Creek. It continues into Dennisville, where the route intersects County Route 610 before turning west near Johnson Pond and intersecting County Route 611 (Tyler Road). Route 47 passes more homes before coming to the southern terminus of County Route 557. Past the County Route 557 intersection, the road runs through woodland before coming to the southern terminus of Route 347.[1][3] Here, Route 47 turns to the west and passes a mix of residences, woods, and fields.[3] It turns northwest and crosses East Creek before coming to an intersection with County Route 550 Spur. Past this intersection, the road intersects Old State Highway, a connector road to County Route 550 Spur, before turning west into wooded areas.[1][3]

[3] Past Goshen, Route 47 turns northeast and heads through rural woods and farms with some homes and wetlands.[3][1], where there is an intersection with County Route 615.Goshen, where it intersects County Route 612. The route crosses over Bidwell Creek near wetlands and heads into forests. It reaches the residential community of Dias Creek Past this intersection, the road passes more rural dwellings and enters the community of [4][1].The Wildwoods, provides an alternate route to Route 147 which, along with County Route 618 Route 47 comes to an intersection with [3] From here, the road continues past homes with some areas of forests and farms.[3][1].Green Creek in County Route 603 At the intersection with County Route 654, Route 47 turns north and leaves the Rio Grande area, heading into woods with some farm fields. It passes homes again and intersects [3] Here, the route becomes a two-lane road and heads into more residential areas with some commercial establishments.[3][1].County Route 626 railroad before intersecting Cape May Seashore LinesPast the U.S. Route 9 intersection, Route 47 becomes Delsea Drive and continues past more businesses, crossing the
A two lane road at a traffic light in a built up area. Two traffic light poles are located on each side of the road, with a green sign on the left pole arm reading left arrow Burleigh Avenue and a green sign on the right pole arm reading Bay Shore Road County Route 603 right arrow
Route 47 southbound at the intersection with Cape May County Route 603 (Bay Shore Road) in Middle Township.

[1] (Shore Road).U.S. Route 9 and continues to an intersection with center left-turn lane At the intersection with Fifth Street, the route becomes a three-lane undivided road with a [3][1] section of Middle Township.Rio Grande Past this interchange, Route 47 heads into a commercial district in the [1].Garden State Parkway with the partial cloverleaf interchange The route turns northwest again and comes to a [3][1] on the south side of the road.Richardson Sound and continues past more marshland as well as some marinas adjacent to the Middle Township Route 47 enters [3] The road turns more to the west-northwest and runs through wetlands with some homes to the south of the road.[3][1]

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