Mar 24 2011

The Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge in Lake Success


Robbi S.: "I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and thank you for the effort you put into it. I've developed an avid interest in the LIMP, especially relating to the Lake Success area since I grew up there. I have never found nor seen any photos of the bridge that spanned Lakeville Rd. or of the extant parkway between Lakeville and New Hyde Park Rd.(after the toll lodge). Are you aware of any?"


Robbi, thanks for the feedback and question. There are only a few known photos of the Motor Parkway Bridge over Lakeville Road in Lake Success. Here are the images that I have found over the last eight years:

 

This survey map of the Motor Parkway between Lakeville Road and New Hyde Park Road shows that a farmway bridge was also built to connect the Smith farm.



 

This 1929 aerial of Lake Success, looking northeast, shows the Motor Parkway entering from the right, abutting the Glen Oaks Country Club. It crosses over Marcus Avenue, parallelling Lakeville Road. The second arrow is pointing to the elusive Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge. The arrow in the middle of the aerial is pointing to the Smith Farmway Bridge



 

A close-up of the aerial looking east is probably the best view of the Lakeville Road Motor Parkway bridge. Note: William K. Vanderbilt Jr's former Deepdale mansion can be seen just below the bridge.



 

After driving on the bridge heading east, cars would approach this ticket booth kiosk on the Long Island Motor Parkway, south of the Great Neck Lodge.



 

This is the1912 view looking west on the Long Island Motor Parkway towards the bridge. Lodge keeper Sidney Jones was manning the toll gate at the kiosk.



 

This photo was taken around 1911, when the Great Neck Lodge was the western terminus of the Motor Parkway. The view is looking east. Note the barricade blocking access to the Lakeville Road Bridge which was under construction.



 

Finally, this view looking east shows the remains of the west side of the Lakeville Road Bridge in the early 1960s. Note the height of the bridge ruins in relation to Lakeville Road below. The Great Neck Lodge, converted into a private home, can be seen to the left, north of the Motor Parkway right-of way.


If anyone has a photo of the Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge, please forward it to me at Howard@Kroplick.com .




Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com :

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway- Lake Success

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway- Bridges

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway- Lodges

Archives: Long Island Motor Parkway



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