Pennsylvania Roads - River Rd., Northampton Co.
River Road, Northampton County
Looking south from Riverton Rd. (which connects Riverton to River Rd.) at the Riverton-Belvidere Bridge. The SLOW CHILDREN sign in the foreground appears to have gone missing later in 2012.
Delaware River fog on Riverton Rd. NB leaving Riverton, then an old wooden sign on River Rd. SB at Riverton Rd.
SB, spanning Allegheny Creek (one of many in the state, I'd imagine).
Find the other 19 bridges! I can't explain that marking, but the keystone signifies that this bridge was erected by Pennsylvania many years ago (1946 to be exact).
Maybe there are more than 19 bridges, because here's #36 (okay, that's countywide numbering), the first reinforced concrete bridge in Northampton County (so old, "re-inforced" is hyphenated). Even more interestingly, "Babp" is a one-off last name with no other occurrences I could find - so anyone with that last name is part of David's family!
River Rd. NB ends where PA 611 comes down to join it in Portland. At one time, this was the western end of US 46, before the Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge that we've come to here was built. In 1953, US 611 was routed into New Jersey for the first time across the new bridge and US 46 was rerouted to stay on that side of the river to meet it. Darlington's Bridge, which US 46 had crossed until then, was demolished in 1954.
Here's the (very) old white sign that I found in 2006, preceding the one above and possibly dating to the bridge's construction. Let's see... Columbia, reached via NJ 94, check. Newton, same route, check. Belvidere, now isn't that back south on River Rd.? I suppose you could cross here and follow US 46 (then NJ 6) toward Belvidere, but towns like Netcong or even Buttzville would make more sense in that spot. And finally, New York, from when 46 would have been the best way to get there.
Onto the Riverton-Belvidere Bridge
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