As posted last November, I believe only eight of the 65 bridges built from 1908 to 1926 for the Long Island Motor Parkway are still intact (five in Queens, two in Nassau County and one in Suffolk County). My hesitation is that the lone surviving intact Suffolk County Motor Parkway bridge is located in very private property in Melville and has not been seen by the public in over 15 years. But, let's start at the beginning before crossing that bridge....Update: June 13, 2011: The Melville Sandpit Motor Parkway Bridge was destroyed sometime over the last ten years.
When William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and his business associates were purchasing land for the Motor Parkway in 1907, the first property encountered in Suffolk County was the farm owned by Henry M. Clody. As part of the agreement to purchase the land, the Motor Parkway was required to build a farmway bridge connecting the north and south sections of the Clody farm. This Motor Parkway survey noted the "Farmway Br. at Station 608".
Update: This 1950 aerial of Old Bethpage and Melville showed the abandoned Motor Parkway as it approached Broad Hollow Road (Route 110).
Update: A close-up shows the location of the Clody Farmway Bridge.
Long after the Motor Parkway closed in 1938, the 14-acre Clody Farm was purchased and made into one of the largest sandpits on the Long Island in the 1950s. Although the huge sandpit was soon closed to the public, Ron Ridolph was able to document the Clody Farmway Bridge as part of his Motor Parkway photo essay in the 1980s:
Views Looking East
The Motor Parkway right-of-way was still being used as a road for deliveries. The office buildings on Route 110 can be seen in the background.
The warning on the bridge has almost totally faded away. Note the small building on the left which can also be seen in the current Google Earth aerial below.
The north abutment.
Views Looking West
Decades after being constructed, the embankments of the bridge are still strong enough to support a hopper capable of holding 30 tons of sand.
As seen in this 1972 image, the faded warning on the bridge once read "Slow Down For Curve". (Courtesy of Margaret and George Vitale)
The opposite side of the north abutment with the warning "Don't Pass Cars On...(The Left)".
The south abutment with the warning "Please Be Careful".
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