Sammy & Dave Russo challenged Motor Parkway enthusiasts to identify this section of our favorite road.
Mystery Foto questions:
- Where did Sammy and Dave take these photos?
On the south side of Salisbury Park Drive (formerly the Long Island Motor Parkway), east of Wantagh State Parkway in East Meadow.
- What was the reason for the unusual shape of these posts?
These were used as wooden guardrails installed on the Wantagh State Parkway bridges.
- What was the likely year that these posts were installed and by whom?
Probably installed by New York State in 1938 when the Wantagh State Parkway in this section opened and the Motor Parkway had already had closed. As noted by Chris Lindsley, these wooden posts may not be the originals installed in 1938.
Congrats to Art Kleiner (see Kleiner's Korner), Frank Femenias (see Femenias' Findings), Steve Lucas, Chris Lindsley, Joe Oesterle, and Frank Mendyk for identifying the Salisbury Park Drive/Wantagh State Parkway location. Kudos to Art Kleiner and Frank Femenias for forwarding additional documentation.
Another View in the Area
Location of the Motor Parkway bridge over Wantagh State Parkway as seen on May 27, 1947.
Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by Art Kleiner)
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle December 17, 1938
Dolph and Stewart map-1939
Location of bridges over Motor Parkway and Stewart Avenue.
Stewart Avenue bridge location- February 17, 2017
Salisbury Park Drive location-February 17, 2017
Femenias' Findings (Submitted by Frank Femenias)
The descent behind the posts is also an entrance to the original Jones Beach bike/pedestrian path extension built in 1929.