This week's Throwback Thursday takes us back to April 2007. This is a rather unique concrete sign for the Shunpike, which is a county road in Dutchess County, New York (Dutchess CR 57 for those playing at home). The sign was along the eastbound lanes of US 44 east of Millbrook, and at last check, they are still there. Over time, some of the letters on the sign have fallen off, but you may be able to make out that Stanfordville is 7 miles away. I believe that the other town in question is Bangall.
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