New Jersey Roads - CR 551

Hook Road NB, a useful bypass for congested NJ 49 through Pennsville to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Up ahead, CR 551 merges very briefly with I-295 NB, before leaving at the next exit (for US 40). The bridge and US 130 are reached via NJ 140.

Clearer shot of the same sign, minus the Turnpike sign on top. I-295 must have gotten jealous.

I'll give you the goods right away, but there's plenty more to come below. CR 551 SB (or WB depending on who you believe), Pennsville-Auburn Rd. at Pointer-Auburn Rd. Thanks to Lou Corsaro for pointing out this sign in the dead of night.

Not only is the number 5 patched on this shield, but the county NAME is too! I hope I hope I hope that Gloucester borrowed this shield that stands just north of Center Square Rd. from another county, as opposed to misspelled its own name. It also borrowed the east-west directions from northern Salem County, but the road should always be north-south (and this would then be NORTH 551, assuming the county put the North plate on the correct side of the shield).

Wheeeeeee! Numerals and arrows dance as I head SB in Swedesboro, then turn west at the end.

CR 538 now ends here, but once jogged north and headed west to US 322. Incidentally, the Swedish log cabin that defines the town is directly across from CR 538, and somehow all the best signs are right there as well. You'll have to visit the CR 538 page (linked at bottom) to see most of them.

Click for even larger coolness. This ranks among the first pentagon shields to ever be produced in NJ, just south of CR 538.

This bridge heads south over Raccoon Creek into Swedesboro. The plaque is on the southeast corner.

The end of Paulsboro-Swedesboro Road, which is the road that used to be CR 538 but is now more of CR 653 (which before ended at US 322 where 538 began). This sign just might be old enough to be a reassurance instead of a trailblazer.

Innocently standing on the side of the road is an 18th century milepost for the King's Highway, so old that there was still a king. Cooper's Ferry is downtown Camden, so this sign is between Swedesboro and US 322. There's another one reportedly in town, 19 miles from Camden. The "16" wore away from the bottom, but a 240-year old error remains: the possessive case after "Fy". (Actually, it may not be that old - I see a trace of another 's' next to it, and if the "16" is gone, the rest of the text probably isn't original.)

Put the bottom side topways. Topways! This is SB.

NB through Mt. Royal and the six-way intersection - it looks confusing, but that custom sign does the best it can - to Parkville Station Rd. just to the north.

Spur CR 551 has the gems of the page, seen NB from Camden CR 653 (9th Ave.) and NB from Spur 551 (also SB on 653, which jogs over a block from Wyoming Ave.). The first sign is straightforward enough, but the second can get confusing due to aging. The more recent set of directions has CR 653 NB going to Audubon by jogging left on Spur 551, Haddonfield to the right (with a different distance than the other sign for reasons unknown) and Brooklawn to the left on 551. So what's getting in the way? Haddonfield was originally pointing to the left, Runnemede was to the right, and Bellmawr was 2 miles to the left. Clearly, this sign was once posted elsewhere. The only reason the sign would go left-right-left with its arrows is because Haddonfield was right there. So Haddonfield immediately left, Bellmawr 2 miles to the left makes perfect sense, but Runnemede can't possibly be to the right under those circumstances. What gives? Where was this sign before? I'll never know.

SB at the beginning of CR 553, where signs no longer help you stay on CR 551 (it shifts over to NJ 45, but good luck finding where). Signs also don't help you find where destinations are, because the arrows have worn away. Or was there only one arrow? Impossible to tell.

The shield atop this page is just after CR 551 leaves the NJ 45 duplex, and there's another one like it on that route (and thus on that page, linked below). This is just after that shield, but whereas the small old shield is northbound, this button copy (and the attendant RIDOT bubble shields, two errors per sign!) is southbound, as you can see.

Just south of US 130 on NJ 47 duplexed with CR 551. First is on the north side of the bridge (SB roadway), and the second is on the south side (NB roadway).

Onto NJ 45 and the NJ 45/CR 551 duplex

Onto the N.J. Turnpike
Onto I-295
To US 40
To US 130
Onto CR 538
Onto US 322
Onto CR 553
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