Belleville Turnpike, Rutgers Street, Washington Avenue, Kingsland Street, Cathedral Avenue, Passaic Avenue
Northbound Views
NJ 7 begins at US 1/US 9 in Jersey City. The Wittpenn Bridge carries it across the Hackensack River.
Photos taken October 2021.
On the other side of the bridge, there is an exit for Fish House Road (CR 659).
Photos taken October 2021.
The roadway splits. Bear right to stay on NJ 7. Bear left for Newark-Jersey City Turnpike (CR 508), which begins here.
Photos taken October 2021.
Here, NJ 7 is known as Belleville Turnpike. The median ends, and the road narrows down to two lanes. Belleville Turnpike runs west across the swamp. There are some small bridges. It passes under both spurs of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), but there is no interchange.
Photos taken October 2021.
Welcome to North Arlington! There is a traffic light at Porete Avenue.
Photos taken October 2021.
There is a traffic light at Schuyler Avenue. Turn right here to go north on CR 507. Southbound CR 507 is multiplexed with NJ 7 along Belleville Turnpike straight ahead.
Photos taken October 2021.
Belleville Turnpike continues to the west. There is a traffic light at Elm Street.
Photos taken October 2021.
Ridge Road (NJ 17) begins on the right at this traffic light. Kearny Avenue (CR 697) is to the left.
Photos taken October 2021.
Belleville Turnpike continues through North Arlington.
Photos taken October 2021.
CR 507 splits off to the right onto River Road at this traffic light. Passaic Avenue (CR 699) is to the left.
Photos taken October 2021.
A lift bridge carries Belleville Turnpike over the Passaic River.
Photos taken October 2021.
Welcome to the Town of Belleville! There is an overpass at the McCarter Highway (NJ 21), but there is no entrance here.
Photo taken October 2021.
Belleville Turnpike changes names to become Rutgers Street. This section is part of CR 506 and is not officially considered to be part of NJ 7, although it is signed as such.
Photo taken July 2017.
There is a traffic light at Washington Avenue. Turn right to stay on NJ 7. The section of Washington Avenue for a few blocks to the left is also officially designated as part of NJ 7, explaining the sign on the traffic light, even though motorists following NJ 7 don't travel on it. Yes, it's confusing. Go figure, it's New Jersey.
Photo taken July 2017.
Washington Avenue runs north through Belleville and Nutley. There are traffic lights at Holmes Street, Joralemon Street, Division Avenue, Little Street, Overlook Avenue, East Overlook Avenue, Greylock Parkway, Greylock Avenue, Hancox Avenue, Centre Street (CR 648), Park Avenue (CR 646), Grant Avenue, and Nutley Avenue.
Photos taken July 2017.
Welcome to Clifton! Washington Avenue ends at Kingsland Street. Turn left to stay on NJ 7.
Photo taken July 2017.

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