Oct 22 2013

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #38:  Westbury Road Bridge in East Meadow

The 38th bridge in the series documenting the 60 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Westbury Road Bridge in my childhood hometown East Meadow. It is classified as a "parkway" bridge since the Motor Parkway went over Westbury Road (now called Old Westbury Road).

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


Howard Kroplick

Motor Parkway Survey Blueprints- May 1908

The bridge was designated as station 205.0 .

Construction Photo- July 23, 1908

Construction Photo- August 20, 1908

Completed Bridge- September 1908

A close-up shows the photogrpher's assistant was driving a Buick. Note the telegraph poles lining the Central branch of the Long Island Rilroad on the left.

This close-up of the photo  shows the Carman Avenue Bridge in the background.

1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race- October 30,1909

William Knipper was seen here driving the #7 Chalmers on the Westbury Road Bridge. Note the rail of the Long Island Railroad on the left.

Motor Parkway Atlas-1927

The property just to the west of the bridge was purchased from theheirs of A.T. Stewart. The property to the east was purchased from Jacob Gaenger.

Ground Image- 1950s

The bridge was still standing in the 1950s carrying Salisbury Park Drive over Westbury Road. Note his photo matches the 1908 construction photo.

Ground Image-1955

Ground Images-2003

By 2003, the bridge was long gone. However, the fence posts seen in the  1950s photo were still intact.

Remnants of the bridge may have been placed in this nearby pile.


A Google Earth aerial  of Old Westbury Road and Salisbury Park Drive

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


Oct 25 2013 Mike Cain 9:56 AM

Really enjoying this series on the bridges Howard. I remember seeing some remains of the bridge at the intersection with Salisbury Park Drive back in the 1960’s. There was also a small section of LIMP roadbed still there at that time. My guess is that the bridge was demolished in the early 1950’s. Thanks for the great photos!

Mar 26 2015 Brad Flanders 4:34 PM

My family moved to East Meadow around 1950-1951 and bought a new cape code house at 288 (?) Old Westbury Rd. less than about 1/16 of a mile east of the LIMP #38 bridge. We where one of only two homes out there. Across the road were potato fields and we could see the prison from our front yard. There was a short overgrown auto path that ran from Old Westbury Rd. northeast towards the parkway where people would dump their trash (clothing, washing machines etc.). These where the days of Hoppalong Cassidy and I would play cowboys and Indians alone on the bridge and below it’s east side where stuff was dumped.
It was a wonderful place to play.

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