Think you’ve never been to Keasbey, NJ?
If you live in North Jersey and you’ve driven to the Jersey Shore or PNC Arts Center, you’ve been to Keasbey. If you live in South Jersey and you’ve taken the Parkway to NYC or to Giants Stadium, you’ve been to Keasbey.
Sometimes known as Spaghetti Junction, Keasbey is an unincorporated area within Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County that is divided up by bridges over the Raritan River for the Garden State Parkway and Routes 440, 35, 9 and 1.
Anywhere with the kind of highway access that Keasbey has is bound to be a magnet for trucking, warehousing and waste management facilities. And, Keasbey’s got ’em all! Check out a ShopRite truck rolling through town and you might see Keasbey, NJ printed on the door because ShopRite’s parent company, Wakefern, runs a major warehouse there which stores their meats, frozen foods, baked goods and dairy/deli items. If you track your packages going through FedEx, you might see Keasbey’s name pop up because FedEx Ground runs a regional hub there.
Neighbors of the other two main employers are probably less excited about these companies’ home in Keasbey: one of the largest supplies of portable toilets in the NY Metro Area, Russel Reid, and Bayshore Recycling, a construction industry waste recycling company, can also be found in Keasbey.
Far from just bridges and warehouses, though, a search of realtor.com shows eight homes for sale in Keasbey ranging from a low price of $99,000 for a three bedroom, one bathroom home and a high price of $499,000 for a four bedroom, four bathroom home. A 2008 article from mycentraljersey.com interviewed residents of Keasbey and found that there weren’t many people left after a series of bridge widening projects had taken large swathes of homes away to make room for more lanes of traffic. Smith Street, the main thoroughfare through town used to have shops, churches and other retail before the highways chopped up the town. Many residents lived there to work in the clay-mining industry in Woodbridge. Besides the Smith Street residential area, there is one other neighborhood, the Florida Grove Road area. The area once had a park and picnic area called the Florida Grove Beach before the highways came. There is still a park there called William Warren Park which is 126 acres with
- tennis and basketball courts;
- soccer, baseball and softball fields;
- reserved and public picnic groves;
- 2 playgrounds;
- bike and walk paths; and
- an amphitheater.
Although it’s not big, not well-populated and not known for anything that the residents have personally done to make their town great, Keasbey is one of those New Jersey towns that makes our state great. So, next time you’re crossing the Driscoll Bridge, look down and discover little Keasbey, NJ.
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