Oct 27 2010

Demolition of the Williston Park/East Williston LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge


In the early 1980s, Ron Ridolph photographed the Long Island Motor Parkway from Fresh Meadows to Lake Ronkonkoma. Among the events documented by Ron were the demolition of the Motor Parkway bridges over the Long Island Rail Road at Mineola and Williston Park/East Williston. Here are Ron's photos of the Williston Park/East Williston LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge before and after the demolition.



The 1907 survey of the Motor Parkway property from Willis Avenue in Williston Park to the LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge.



The demolition of the Motor Parkway LIRR bridges was funded by the MTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation.



The Williston Park/East Williston LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge prior to its demolition.












The remnants of Williston Park/East Williston LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge after its demolition.










Thanks Ron for sharing the photos from your collection. Part II of this series will document the demolition of the LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Mineola.




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Archives: Ron Ridolph Collection: Images of the Long Island Motor Parkway

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Comments

Nov 14 2010 Andy Hartwell 10:34 AM

Was there a bridge over Commack Road, south of the expressway, that was taken down a few years ago?

Nov 14 2010 Howard Kroplick 9:33 PM

Hi Andy:
A Motor Parkway bridge at Commack Road was planned but never built.

I believe the last Motor Parkway bridge in Suffolk County was at Deer Park Avenue. Does anyone have a photo of the bridge?

Howard

Mar 20 2011 Bob Andreocci 9:04 PM

This is very nostalgic for me.  My Aunt lived on a cul de sac, Foxcroft Rd in Albertson.  As kids we used to bike from LIMP east to Roslyn Rd going to our Uncle in Mineola.  We past the toll house that is a private residence.  This was in the early 60’s.  Went down to the tracks too!!  Years later I was a mailman in Williston Park and delivered mail to that toll house.  Thanks for the memories

Aug 13 2011 Scott 1:05 AM

Valentine’s Farm abutted the LIMP from the railroad bridge to Roslyn road before the property was sold off in the late 1960’s for residential development.
We used to go sledding down the steep incline at
the juncture of the rr bridge down onto the farm during the winter.  It was known as “Suicide Hill”.
I had friends who lived on Bengeyfield Drive whose
backyards faced the LIMP and we used to walk on it and the bridge all the time. Good times, swell memories.

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