In the fourth post of the "Lost" series, Dave Russo and his 11-year old son Sammy explore the Motor Parkway wilderness hidden east of Roslyn Road in East Williston.
In our quest for most "lost Motor Parkway" one spot that always stuck in our minds was the area just east of the Roslyn Road Bridge. There is a house that sits just east of the former bridge on Roslyn Road. Proceeding east you come to the site of the former Robin Lane Parkway Bridge. This is a map of the exploration area.
Howard Kroplick Note: East Williston's northern and eastern borders were the route of the Motor Parkway.
From the top of the Roslyn Road Bridge embankment looking over Roslyn Road, you see the house just to the east.
Most of us are aware of this side road lined with posts leading up to the town water district site.
Looking east on this road, behind the house on Roslyn Road, you can see the former LIMP bridge location, and you can see that the area is still elevated. We had gone up here in the past and found nothing. As much as I hate winter, the only good thing about it is the vegetation dies down quite a bit making "woods exploring" much easier.
At the top of the former bridge location looking east, this is the view.
We started just east of the house on Roslyn Road. We started to dig a bit. We first wanted to see if there were any abutment pieces remaining.
We could not find any but at the top of the slope we saw our first piece of LIMP.
This is the location looking west back towards the house. As you can see the weeds are quite thick.
We picked a random spot and dug. The road is absolutely there, throughout the entire stretch.
A close-up of our road piece.
As we looked up the slope again we noticed a very visible piece of concrete extension.
It is clear to us that from the point behind the Roslyn Road house to the water station, the entire road and concrete extensions are there and in perfect tact.
In this same area, under the weeds, we uncovered two artifacts. Perhaps someone can shed some light on these?
Update : February 14, 2017
Maybe this will help shed light on the artifact in question.
On one side there are two locations where there are numerical inscriptions: 0, 10, 20, 30, 40. Goes both ways, left and right.
Finally, some asked to see top and bottom and I included a close up of the other side (no numbers on this side).
Gary Hammond: Can't prove it, but the mystery object reminds me of a small propane tank/bottle - measures about 8"x4" diameter (see attached photo). Note the rounded shoulders, and the "creases" around the top & base areas. The # 2 object is obviously part of something else - any markings, top & bottom views, dimensions, etc. would have helped the ID process. Interesting finds!
The fun ends at the water station at the end of the "entrance road".
And then you see there is a sump built which eliminated the LIMP in this location.
Heading back west on the "entrance road" you can see many posts still remain, including one with original connector cable in it!
A great find!
I saw the old pictures of when Al and you cleaned up the LIMP from the Roslyn Road bridge heading west. This portion east of Roslyn Road could be restored in the exact same way. The LIMP is there, in perfect form under the weeds.