Dec 23 2014

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #52: The Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge

The last Long Island Motor Parkway bridge to be profiled in 2014 is the Old Bethpage Bridge located in the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. This "parkway" bridge was built in 1910, was the last Motor Parkway bridge in Nassau County and one of  only two Motor Parkway bridges still standing in the county.


Howard Kroplick

1907 Surveys

This 1907 survey map shows the Motor Parkway route through the Clair Foster property, located in Old Bethpage. The now destroyed bridge over Claremont Avenue can be seen in the middle of the survey.

The Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge over a proposed highway can be seen on the far right.

This 1907 survey map showed the landscape on the property.

1928 Motor Parkway Atlas

The survey from the Motor Parkway Atlas showed the parkway from Round Swamp Road to the Nassau County/Suffolk County line. Originally planned as a bridge over a future highway, the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge became a bridge connecting the Clair Foster Farm.

1928 Aerial

 A 1928 aerial form Claremont Road to Broad Hollow Road. From Claremont Road to the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge (circled), the parkway was a straight path without any major curves.

1950 Aerial

The Motor Parkway was still clearly visible in this 1950 aerial of Old Bethpage. Note the Melville sandpit on the right.

A closer look of the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge. Note the small road or path beneath the bridge.

1981 Photos

In his tour of the Motor Parkway in 1981, Ron Ridolph documented the bridge.

The 1910 date of construction.

Remnants of the Motor Parkway pavement.

The gate at the Nassau County/Suffolk County borderline.

2005 Photo

My first view of the bridge.

2008 Photo

Erected near the bridge by the Ford Model A Club in 2008.

2011 Photos

In 2011 and 2012, the bridge was cleaned and restored by members on the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society and the Ford Model A Club of Long Island.

October 2011 to 2012 Photos

"Now" Google Map

Check out  Wayne Consolla's online Motor Parkway map, to find the location of the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge . Note the size the size of the Melville sandpit compared to 1950.


Dec 24 2014 frank femenias 1:31 AM

Nice job on the bridge guys! It may be used someday enroute towards Lake Ronkonkoma. Who knows? This ought to be good!

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