Sep 20 2011

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series: #8 Alley Road Bridge (Winchester Boulevard)  in Queens


When the 48 miles of the Motor Parkway were completed in 1926, a total of 65 bridges were built by William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and his associates over and under the parkway. Twelve of the bridges were built in Queens. Going west to east, the eighth bridge carried the Motor Parkway over Alley Road , now Winchester Boulevard. As seen in aerials and ground photos , it is one of the best documented bridges:


1924 Aerial- Oakland Gardens, Queens

 

This aerial shows the section of the Motor Parkway from Alley Road (Winchester Boulevard) (far right) to Rocky Hill Road (Springfield Boulevard) (far left).



 

Close-up of the Alley Road Bridge.




1928 Image of Winchester Boulevard (Courtesy of Queens Borough President's Collection)


 

As seen on page 71 of the book The Long Island Motor Parkway, the bridge over the renamed Winchester Boulevard was built in 1912 and used railroad-type trestle construction as required by New York City.




1928 Motor Parkway Atlas- Oakland Gardens, Queens


 

The Atlas shows the location of the bridge on the right.




1930

 

In 1930, New York City decided to widen Union Turnpike to make it a major east-west road through Queens. However, the Motor Parkway in the area of Winchester Boulevard was in the path of the expansion. By an agreement among the city, the owners of the Motor Parkway and nearby State Hospital at Creedmoor, New York City planned to move a section of the Motor Parkway further north of the original location. This agreement was described in a New York Times article on June 22, 1930. The project was awarded to contractor Kennedy & Smith for $46,000.




March 3, 1932 Photo (Courtesy of Queens Borough President's Collection)

 

For a period of time in 1931 and 1932, there were two Motor Parkway bridges over Winchester Boulevard, the railroad-type original built in 1912 and the new concrete bridge further north as seen in this photo. This bridge used the exact same design as the three concrete bridges built over 73rd Avenue, Hollis Hills Terrace and Springfield Boulevard.


 

The view from atop the 1912 Motor Parkway Bridge. Note all the concrete posts.




March 9, 1932 Photo (Courtesy of Queens Borough President's Collection)

 


 

This photo shows pre-expansion Union Turnpike looking east on March 3, 1932. The buildings and chimney stacks of Creedmoor State Hospital are straight ahead and the Long Island Motor Parkway is to the left with the two bridges over Winchester Boulevard further east.





June 24, 1938 Aerial

 

By 1938, the original bridge had been removed and the expanded Union Turnpike was still under construction. This aerial confirms that a small section of the original Motor Parkway lies under Union Turnpike.




Current Views-2011

 


 


 


 

Although both bridges have long been removed, the northern embankment still stands over 20 feet above Winchester Boulevard. Moreover, over 20 concrete posts still guard the right-of-way in this section of the Brooklyn -Queens Greenway.





Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com and the Internet:


Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series

The Seven Intact Motor Parkway Bridges

Google Maps: Winchester Boulevard

The 1928 Long Island Motor Parkway Atlas

Brooklyn-Queens Greenway Guide (page 61).

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway- Bridges

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway Bridges- Queens


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Comments

Sep 23 2011 Brian D McCarthy 7:50 PM

In the 1938 photo, I’m guessing the original limp is the path that veers to the right into Union Tpke in the top of the photo? And then follows Union Tpke west until it merges (so to speak) into the Limp?

Sep 23 2011 Howard Kroplick 10:44 PM

Hi Brian:

I believe you are correct.

Howard

Sep 25 2011 Howard Kroplick 6:06 PM

From Roy W:

“Thanks so much for letting me enjoy my youth again with the articles on Queens. I grew up in Fresh Meadaows. When I got my first English racer in 1959, the first thing I did was to take it on the Parkway to the end; i.e., what’s shown in your Winchester photos today. The downhill grade was fantastic on the last stretch. What speed. But the road was rough.”

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