Route 124 is a state highway in the northern part of New Jersey in the United States that is long.
It is the eastern section of
what used to be Route 24
that road was realigned to its current freeway
alignment. The western end is at an
intersection with U.S.
Route 202 and County Route 510 in Morristown, Morris County; the eastern end continues as County Route 603 on
Springfield Avenue at the border between Maplewood and Irvington in Essex County. The route runs through suburban areas of
Morris County, passing through Madison and Chatham. It interchanges with Route 24 on the border
of Millburn, Essex County and Summit, Union County and serves as a frontage
road for that route. Upon splitting from Route 24, Route 124
continues east through Springfield Township, Union
Township, and Maplewood to its eastern
alignment of today’s Route 124 was first designated as a part of
pre-1927 Route 5 in
1916, a route that was to run from Delaware, Warren
County to Newark. In 1927, this portion of the route became a
part of Route 24, a route that was to run from Phillipsburg to Newark.
A freeway, which is the current
alignment of Route 24, was proposed for this portion of the route
in the 1950s that was approved in 1960. Route 24 was moved to the
new freeway between the John F. Kennedy Parkway on the
Millburn/Summit border and Interstate 78
in 1972, with
Route 124 being designated along the former alignment of Route 24
east of this point. In 1992, the Route 24 freeway was completed
between Interstate 287 in Hanover
Township and the John F. Kennedy Parkway.
result, Route 124 was extended west along the former Route 24 to
U.S. Route 202 in Morristown.
124 begins at the intersection of U.S. Route 202 and County Route 510 at the Park
Place square in the downtown of Morristown, Morris County.
From here, it heads to the southeast as
South Street, a two-lane undivided road that passes businesses. At
the intersection with County Route 663, the road widens to four
lanes. A short distance later, County Route 601 continues southeast
on South Street and Route 124 bears left to head east on Madison
Avenue, coming to an interchange with Interstate 287
. Past this interchange, the
road passes Morristown Memorial Hospital and continues through
mainly commercial areas with some homes. At the intersection
with Normandy Parkway, the route turns to the southeast and enters
Township, where it narrows to two lanes again, with New Jersey Transit’s Morristown Line running a short distance to
the northeast of the route near the Morris County Golf Club.
continues into more residential areas and crosses into Madison.
Here, the route passes near some business parks before intersecting
County Route 636, where it is briefly a four-lane road.
intersection, the road passes between residential neighborhoods to
the northeast and Drew
University to the
Route 124 crosses over the Morristown Line near
James Park and becomes Main Street, heading southeast through the
commercial downtown of Madison. Here, the road intersects County
Route 647 and County Route 608. Past the Rosedale Avenue
intersection, the route heads into a mix of residential and
business areas. Route 124 enters Chatham at the intersection with Brooklake Road/Division
In the center of the town, the route intersects
County Route 638 and County Route 607 before continuing east.
Essex and Union counties
crosses the Passaic River and runs
along the border of Millburn, Essex County to the north and Summit, Union County, coming to a large interchange with the Route 24 freeway and County Route 649
(John F. Kennedy Parkway).
Here, the route becomes a
for the Route 24 freeway
that has two lanes in each direction. The road passes to
the south of The Mall at Short Hills before running through the Canoe Brook Country
It heads southeast into wooded residential
neighborhoods and intersects Union County Route 657, where the
Route 124 frontage road has ramps to Route 24. A short distance
later, the route intersects Essex County Route 608, at which point
the route has an eastbound ramp to eastbound Route 24 and a
westbound ramp from westbound Route 24. Past this intersection, the
Route 124 frontage road along Route 24 ends and the route becomes a
two-lane undivided road called South Service Road that closely
parallels the north side of Route 24, passing under the Morristown
route heads past businesses and forms the border of Millburn to the
north and Springfield Township, Union County to the south, coming to an
intersection with County
Route 512 near an interchange with Route 24.
There is a
direct ramp from westbound Route 124 to Route 24 a short distance
to the northwest of this intersection.
here, the route passes more commercial establishments as a
four-lane road, heading farther from Route 24, before crossing
County Route 527
this intersection, Route 124 entirely enters Springfield Township
and becomes Morris Avenue, passing a mix of residences and
businesses. The route passes under Interstate 78
interchange and becomes a two-lane road that passes through the
downtown of Springfield, eventually widening to four lanes again.
In this area, it intersects County Route 635. Route 124 comes to a
circular junction with Route 82
County Route 509
, and County Route
. Here, Route 82 continues southeast on Morris Avenue,
County Route 509 Spur heads south, and County Route 577 heads
north. Route 124, meanwhile, briefly splits into a one-way pair
here. The eastbound direction
heads south on Meisel Avenue before turning north along Maple
Avenue while the westbound direction follows Springfield Avenue.
The two directions of Route 124 rejoin and follow four-lane
Springfield Avenue northeast
to a partial interchange with Interstate 78. Here, there are ramps
from the local lanes of eastbound Interstate 78 to both directions
of Route 124, to the local lanes of westbound Interstate 78 and
Route 24 from both directions of Route 124, and to the express
lanes of westbound Interstate 78 from westbound Route 124.
interchange, the route enters Union
Township and continues east through developed areas,
intersecting County Route 638 before narrowing into a two-lane
undivided road and intersecting County Route 630.
continues through more urban commercial areas before intersecting
County Route 630 again. At this point, Route 124 crosses into
Maplewood, Essex County and becomes a three-lane road with a
center left-turn lane that is
This road heads east through the
downtown of Maplewood, coming to an intersection with County Route
short distance later, the Route 124 designation ends at the border
of Maplewood and Irvington, with Springfield Avenue continuing east into
Irvington as County Route 603 toward Newark.
modern-day Route 124 was designated as a part of pre-1927 Route 5, a route that
was legislated in 1916 to run from Delaware in Warren
County east to Newark. In the 1927 New Jersey state
highway renumbering, this portion of pre-1927 Route 5 became a
part of Route 24, a road that was to run from Phillipsburg to Newark. In the 1950s, plans were made to bypass
this portion of Route 24 with a freeway
running from Interstate 287 in Hanover
Township to Interstate 78 in Springfield Township; this was
approved of in 1960.
This freeway was completed between
Interstate 78 and the John F. Kennedy Parkway in 1972. At this
time, the Route 24 designation was moved to the new freeway and
Route 124 was designated along the former alignment of Route 24
east of this point, which included frontage roads built where the
new freeway ran along the old alignment of the road. Following the
completion of the Route 24 freeway to Interstate 287 in 1992, Route
124 was extended west along the former alignment of Route 24
between the John F. Kennedy Parkway and U.S. Route 202 in
Morristown. In 2002, maintenance of the portion of Route 124 in
Maplewood was transferred to the municipality from the New Jersey Department of