New Jersey Roads - CR 579
Starting the road off right, just a few feet from NJ 29 heading north.
1970's? 1960's? signs on Lower Ferry Rd. NB.
Upper Ferry Rd. NB, pointing down CR 579 NB.
How cute, the big sign looks just like the little ones! It's actually a two-piece (left and right) sign, but my camera cleverly fuzzes that over. Has nothing to do with the weather.
SB, missing the word "Interstate" but also clearly a patch over something else. But what? The sign is too new to reflect the original NJ 129 in the 1960s, and it's too far west to have ever been for I-295.
No, CR 579 doesn't turn right. The shield should be on the left or just in a different location entirely.
This isn't the only warning you get that CR 579 turns left, but it's a cute reminder. CR 579 was just Bear Tavern Road, but jogged briefly along Jacobs Creek Road. Just around that corner...
Over Jacobs Creek on a ridiculously old (1880's) wood-deck steel truss bridge in Hopewell. That's the King Iron Bridge Co., and their website shows a couple of photos of it while under reconstruction, along with a similar bridge. Thanks to Charlotte Paisley for furnishing the photos to be found by clicking these five words. Poke around that site if bridges like this excite you.
Looking back south at the bridge, both before and after it was taken out. Sadly, there is nothing interesting to replace it.
In sympathy protest, the east wall to the north of the bridge is also crumbling.
This NB shield takes the cake - all three digits replaced!
Passing a multiplex with NJ 31, this is NJ 179 and CR 579, which happens a few other times (7/507, 27/527, 40/140/540) because the state highway and 5xx route numbering systems are laid out in a similar pattern (low numbers in the northeast, higher numbers in the southwest). But 179/579 bucks the trend in that neither route is numbered to fit into any sort of system. 579 just happened to be assigned after 577 and before 581, and 179 just happened to be assigned before 178 (reserved but unused) and 180 (now defunct). I said passing the multiplex because this is TO 31, not actually 31.
Wrong-way multiplex, wrong CR 579 shield.
This bridge dates from 1897 and was built in Bartley, NJ (which appears to have been named for the family to which the bridge builder belonged). Bartley is between Chester and Flanders, and this bridge is across the Wickecheoke Creek.
To US 1
Onto CR 518
To NJ 31
Onto NJ 179
Onto CR 523
Into Mercer County
Into Hunterdon County
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