New Jersey Roads - Livingston


Street signs in order of age. More recently than even the first photos, the white on green embossed signs have been replaced by flat, boring reflective signs. The second picture shows DEAD END on a stick, which most communities don't do. Then the black and white signs appear to be even newer than the white-on-green, although my guess is that they're older but with better paint jobs. The last photo is the oldest, square style.

A closer look, from Livingston Ave. (CR 649), showing that however these signs were painted, it wasn't a great job.

Even older than the black-on-white square style, or possibly the same age by a confused signmaker, are these white-on-black specimens, all from the same street.

With the massive sign replacement, I was able to get my hands on one of the oldest style for a photo op. I'm now the owner of several more signs:

Here are three of my signs, the newer style. The Torrance Dr. sign is unique for having a smaller "DR.", and also appears to be less reflective. I have a standard white-on-green sign in my collection on well, which you can see on the Eisenhower Pkwy. page linked at bottom.

The same style as Ridge/Sterling. It was repainted with something that chips really easily - at least, the black comes off the white really easily, and everything was first repainted white before the black accents were added. Few signs I saw were stamped "Livingston."

One in the oldest style, originally white on black, possibly later repainted black on white, and now just black on black.

Back to Livingston Ave. at W. Oakwood Ave. (and Belmont Dr.), Essex County has definitely gotten its money's worth out of the pedestrian signs at this intersection, but it's time to move on. This one's facing west up Belmont; I have another on my CR 649 page.

There are a few old lightposts like this scattered around town. This one is on Greenwood Court at Mt. Pleasant Ave. (NJ 10) and, as you see, has been converted to a signpost instead.

There are plenty of embossed signs in Livingston, even if you don't know where to look (for a start, the first is on S. Mitchell Avenue just after the end of Hillside Terrace). The last one was on Shrewsbury Drive (CR 635) EB, a major cut-through between CR 527 (East Cedar St.) and Laurel Avenue (CR 634, to I-280). Since Shrewsbury was constructed within the last 30 years, this sign probably was recycled from elsewhere in town, since it's really small and rusty. In early 2007, someone hit it, and it was finally (mercifully?) removed.

More embossed signs from the Mount Pleasant neighborhood on E. Sherbrooke Parkway and Mohawk Drive. E. Sherbrooke Pkwy. and Sherbrooke Pkwy. are related, within sight of each other, but don't connect at all thanks to a drainage canal. Recently a paltry attempt was made to connect that - now you can walk across on a wooden bridge, but not even two tons of car can make it. Part of me wishes that if they'd go through the trouble to erect a brand-new bridge and not even have it open to vehicles, at least make it covered.

The new, impressive town center. It's done up in brick to match the town hall and high school, and the high steeple adds to that connection. Some people are grumbling about it, but I think it's fantastic for the town and looks great as well.

As the new town center was constructed, the eastern half of Trocha Ave. turned into this strip of sod, complete with sidewalk, original curb, and drainage outlets. A little overblown for a few square feet of turf.

NJ 10 runs through the heart of Livingston
As does CR 649, Livingston Avenue (and the JFK Parkway)
As does CR 527, which takes over Livingston Ave.
Then there's CR 608, Hobart Gap Rd.
And don't forget CR 634, Laurel Ave.
I-280 takes you to Livingston that much faster
CR 609, Eisenhower Parkway, which never made it south of Livingston
Locust Ave., which used to lead into Livingston and is now abandoned
Into the rest of Essex County
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