Sep 21 2013

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #37:  Carman Avenue Highway Bridge in East Meadow

The 37th bridge in the series documenting the 60 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Carman Avenue Bridge in my childhood hometown East Meadow. It is classified as a highway bridge since Carman Avenue was over the Motor Parkway.

One of the original 16 Motor Parkway bridges built for the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, this bridge is  extremely well-documented.


Howard Kroplick

Carman Avenue Blueprint- May 1908

Preconstruction Photos- June 1908

The Ladenburg property and ever-present windmill can be seen in the background.

Note the house on the right. The Motor Parkway will curve to the right and in front of this house.

September 1908-One month before Opening Day of the Motor Parkway

The cover of  the book The Long Island Motor Parkway was taken from the top of the Carman Avenue Birdge looking west.

1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes

Look familiar? This was Mystery Foto #32. Charles See was driving the #J13 Maxwell with one of the Mitchell racers in the background.

Herb Lytle driving the #P42, winner of the Motor Parkway Sweepstakes.

1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Emil Stricker driving the #3 Mercedes.

Looking east from the bridge, Bourque driving the #20 Knox. Note the house in the background seen in the above construction photo.

1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race & the 1909 Massapequa Sweepstakes

Spencer Wishart driving the #16 Mercedes and Arthur See driving the #44 Maxwell

1928 Motor Parkway Atlas

1942 Aerial

1947 Photo Looking North


A Google map of this section of East Meadow.

Looking west down Salisbury Park Drive from the Carman Avenue intersection.

Looking east, the road still curves to the right.

Check out  Wayne Consolla's online Motor Parkway map, to find the location of the Stewart Avenue Bridge.


Sep 22 2013 ROGER YACKEL 10:18 AM


Sep 23 2013 Ted 1:10 AM

They certainly are Roger

Sep 24 2013 Mike Cain 4:22 PM

These are indeed nice photos of the LIMP in this area. I’m very interested in seeing any pictures you might have Howard of the Newbridge Road LIMP bridge which would be a about a mile east of the Carman Ave. bridge. Hopefully that will be one of your featured bridges in the near future. Thanks for the photos!

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