New Jersey Roads - CR 504
Starting WB to the west end of the route, then turning right to get to US 202. This could just have been more of CR 504, which would make too much sense.
Two different older signs, EB at CR 511A. This generation of green sign was erected in the 1980's and are all too crowded.
This is on the traffic signal overhead at CR 504. ALT should not be in the shield, and if it has to go there, it should be next to the number, not above the MORRIS. (Unless this is CR 511 Morris in Alt County...) Boulevard is a common name in New Jersey, as town planners got uncreative really quickly. At least no one lives on Ave.
Eastbound at the Newark-Pompton Turnpike, the original road between those two cities that includes the southern portion of NJ 23 (Pompton Ave.) and CR 506/Spur CR 506 (Bloomfield Avenue). The Turnpike is so long and well established that I have to consider it a multiplex with CR 504, not a piece thereof.
Now northbound (504 EB, as per the shield at top) approaching that same intersection. The weird triangle at CR 635 was cut off at the nascence of New Jersey route numbering for original SHR 8, but the Turnpike once went straight and cut left on Oak Avenue (thanks to Dave Wisneski for this information).
The first sign is at Hilton Ave. in Pequannock, where Oak Ave. to the left takes drivers to Lincoln Park Road. All are WB (NB on the Turnpike).
Bridges like this over the Pompton River were constructed way back in the day in New Jersey on both county and state roads; there is one on US 46 EB by the Willowbrook Mall along the original roadway through that area, which is scheduled for replacement soon but has held up well under an ever-increasing traffic load. The Passaic Avenue bridge, over the namesake river, that looks the same was constructed by the County of Morris in 1925, and is a little shorter than the state-built version here.
These are on the bridge above.
Back west (or Turnpike/original NJ 23 north).
These wickedly old Passaic County guide signs stood at the corner of NJ 23 and US 202 once upon a time. After NJ 23 was rerouted to the east on its current alignment, US 202 multiplexed with it instead of coming up the Newark-Pompton Turnpike from Mountain View and turning here. This short section of Black Oak Ridge Road now terminates at NJ 23 SB, with no connection to 202 and the rest of it on the other side. Click on either one for a closeup; this style of sign was unique to Passaic County, compared to the old embossed white signs scattered around my site, but I believe of the same age as those steel ones. Now that 202 and 23 are gone, CR 504 comes from straight ahead (facing north, which will be west on 504) and turns right (east). It's forced to multiplex with both sides of NJ 23 due to the widening/median division of that highway in the 1980s.
CR 504 WB turns from Alps Rd. SB onto Ratzer Rd. WB. CR 504 follows Alps from Ratzer Rd. to the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike (which I mentioned above, read carefully), and then comes back around to Ratzer Road. The P-H Turnpike just has to be more crowded than Ratzer, not to mention less direct (since you have to turn on Alps), so I don't know why 504 doesn't just go straight here.
Passaic County considers the EB jughandle to the beginning of CR 502 unusually curvy. The ramp adds itself as a lane to a dead-end apartment complex driveway (Byrne Ct.), which in my mind is more unusual.
Another Passaic County surprise awaits in Prospect Park, just across the river from Paterson. After passing some embossed street signs, we come to 8th St., which leads up to Goffle Road and NJ 208 (if it existed when this sign was erected). The middle of a dense residential neighborhood is an odd place to find one of these 70-80 year old signs.
Blocky old sign on Wagaraw Ave. EB in Hawthorne.
WB in Prospect Park, though the EB side is in Paterson.
Finishing with the WB beginning of the route from the ashes of NJ 20 NB.
Onto Alt. CR 511
Onto NJ 23
Onto NJ 20
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