Feb 06 2019

Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: The Construction of the Jerusalem Road Motor Parkway Bridge

In the eighth of the photo series from surveyor Clinton A. Robertson's recently discovered Motor Parkway construction album, the 1908 construction of the Jerusalem Road Bridge in Central Park (now Stewart Avenue in Bethpage) is featured.

Clinton A. Robertson's Long Island Motor Parkway Construction Photo Album 
 While working as a surveyor on the Long Island Motor Parkway in 1908 and 1909, Clinton A. Robertson (above) documented the Motor Parkway construction  and his fellow workers with his trusty camera. Lost for 109 years, Robertson's photo scrapbook with 84 amazing images of the Motor Parkway was recently purchased for $20 in a New Jersey flea market and resold on Ebay for over $3,000.

Howard Kroplick

Looking south. Note the horses on the embankments and the LIRR crossing sign.

Another Image of the Bridge Closer to Completion

The Bridge Today

Pavement still exists on top of the east embankment. The house across Stewart Avenue was the location of the west embankment. On June 6, 1908, this site was the gathering point for the ground-breaking ceremony for the Motor Parkway. 


Feb 06 2019 frank femenias 10:24 PM

Great to view these super rare images by Robertson while surveying the Motor Parkway in 1908 during construction, and very grateful they were saved and not mistakenly discarded. Thanks Howard for keeping this important part of automotive history alive for all to see today and for future generations. Five stars *****

Feb 07 2019 Mike Cain 11:11 AM

I agree with Frank. I’m happy you now have these historical photos Howard so you can share them with us. They are safe from being lost forever.

Feb 07 2019 John Cunningham 7:04 PM

Thank you.  Awesome pics.  It is in Bethpage, not Levittown.  Also, I believe that the railroad crossing is the Central Railroad, not the LIRR but I’m not 100%. 

Howard Kroplick

John, good catch. You are 100% correct.

Feb 13 2019 Al Prete 9:47 PM

I found the spot on Google Maps. There is a NYS historic marker on Stewart Avenue at the site of the east embankment. The Central Railroad would have been just to the south, and Dead Man’s Curve just to the east.

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