New Jersey Roads - Somerset County
Okay, I guess that is the east end, but you usually don't see both banners together.
Easton Tpk., former NJ 28 (and onetime US 22 as well).
Bunker Hill Rd. WB, guess which route, nearing Griggstown.
For such a short bridge, the Griggstown Causeway (still CR 632) sure gets busy. It can be closed when the D&R Canal floods, it gets white banners for blue shields (big fashion no-no) where it ends at CR 533, and has an overpowered stop sign on two posts instead of just one. Even with all that, it can't carry two lanes of traffic.
Continuing west from Griggstown, even though the photo is a little fuzzy, you can make out what's wrong with it.
On someone's dirt driveway I thought was a dirt road - hey, if you don't explore, you'll never find. Courtesy Lou Corsaro's camera.
Another dirt road, Cowperthwaite Rd. NB. This runs past a rather well-kept golf course, which makes the lack of pavement all the more puzzling.
One of the oldest county-erected bridges you'll find in NJ, on CR 677 (E. Mountain Road).
These embossed Welsh signblades have strayed very far from their home, and cannot find their way back. At least they found their way to a house on Canal Road near Griggstown, and thus were able to find their way onto my website. Since too much Welsh is never enough, click any of the photos for a super-closeup, including a great look at the Welsh DOT-equivalent logo. (There's no separate agency, apparently - it's just part of the Assembly Government.)
Bridges of Somerset County
All photos after this point are courtesy Lou Corsaro's camera. I wish I could tell you which are his and which are mine, but I didn't even remember I took anything at all with his camera until months later.
Starting with style on Higginsville Road. Apparently New Jersey truss bridges were made with a lot of Ohio iron (see my Hunterdon County page, linked at bottom). In fact, this photo is also in Hunterdon County - this Three Bridges bridge crosses into Somerset County as it heads north, and since my Hunterdon Bridges page is full up, I'm putting it here.
The first ever twofer truss bridge I've come across, these two must be part of the Three Bridges that makes up that town's name.
Strangely, as we approach the second bridge, we discover that it was made 3 years earlier in a different state.
Across the bridge in the first two photos, then looking back southward in the final photo.
The Elm St. bridge in Neshanic Station, crossing the North Branch of the Raritan River downstream of the Higginsville Road bridge. Too bad that I can't cross with it. All photos are facing east toward CR 567.
An old mill to the south, and an old railroad bridge, competing to see which has been out of service longer.
Poking my way around to the north side.
Looking to the north, this trestle does still carry train traffic.
Up onto the bridge, which is being extensively rehabilitated, and is in the process of receiving a new wooden deck (as of June 2007). I'm sure glad Somerset County and/or NJDOT (assuming it's not just locally maintained) decided to keep the truss instead of constructing an ugly concrete span, and have gone so far as to basically restore the original condition of the bridge. For once, kudos instead of raspberries!
Raspberry Kudos bars... think I'll take my snack break now...
CR 613 (former Spur CR 527)
CR 624 (Oak St.)
CR 651 (former Spur CR 527)
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