Oct 20 2015

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #57: Wellwood Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge in Melville

The 57th bridge in the series documenting the 65 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Wellwood Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge in Melville.
The bridge was built around 1910 over Wellwood Avenue, also called Pinewood Avenue in this area. Although there is no known ground images of this bridge, it is well-documented  in survey blueprints and aerials.
Howard Kroplick

June 1907 Survey

For the right-of-way around the bridge, the Long Island Motor Parkway, Inc. purchased 38.157 acres from Christian Feigenspan.

1928 Aerial

The Long Island Motor Parkway can be seen running through Melville in this 1928 aerial. The Wellwood Avenue Bridge is on the far right.

A close-up of the Wellwood Avenue Bridge.

1928 Motor Parkway Atlas

Notation: Parkway Br. Wellwood Ave. -To Lindenhurst

February 3, 1930 Aerial

As seen in this aerial Wellwood Avenue led to Pinelawn Cemetery.

February 1930 Survey

A section of the Motor Parkway east of the bridge was realigned in 1930.

1941 Map

2005 Images

As previously posted on Sam Berliner III's Long Island Motor Parkway website, remnants of the Motor Parkway near the bridge location were captured by R. Gerard (all rights reserved).

August 2014 Images

In August 2014, a storm basin was built east of Wellwood Avenue over the Long Island Motor Parkway's right-of-way. Were these piles of concrete remants of the Motor Parkway?

Current View

Check out  Wayne Consolla's online Motor Parkway map to find the location of the Wellwood Avenue Motor Parkway Bridge.


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