After spending the past few days exploring the countryside of Western New York, Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, I decided that this week's Throwback Thursday would pay homage to an August 2004 trip that I made to the Keystone State. I had taken PA 28 on my way northeast from Pittsburgh and encountered a bunch of old signage along the way from Pittsburgh to Kittanning. The aging, button copy signs have since been replaced. This particular example is on PA 28 northbound at the Blawnox exit, near Aspinwall and Blawnox. It even looks like the Exit 9 may have been tacked on the sign as an afterthought.
Standing tall across from downtown Baton Rouge, the Horace Wilkinson Bridge carries Interstate 10 across the lower Mississippi River between West Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parishes. Unusually, the bridge is actually named for three separate people; three generations of Horace Wilkinsons who served in the Louisiana State Legislature over a combined period of 54 years. Constructed in the 1960s and opened to traffic in 1968, this is one of the largest steel bridges on the lower Mississippi. It’s also the tallest bridge across the Mississippi, with its roadway reaching 175 ft at the center span. Baton Rouge is the northernmost city on the river where deep-water, ocean-going vessels can operate. As a result, this bridge is the northernmost bridge on the river of truly gigantic proportions. Altogether, the bridge is nearly 2 ½ miles long and its massive truss superstructure is 4,550 ft long with a center main truss span of 1,235 ft. The Horace Wilkinson Bridge is one of the largest