09 November, 2007

Robert Moses Causeway Postcard

The Robert Moses Causeway is an 8.10-mile (13.04 km) long parkway in Suffolk County, New York. The parkway, originally known as the Captree Causeway, connects West Islip on Long Island to the barrier beach islands, such as Captree Island, Jones Beach Island, and the western tip of Fire Island, to the south. Robert Moses was the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, New York.

Robert Moses Causeway Postcard
(Trade with Barbara Sussman)

The Robert Moses Causeway begins at the Southern Parkway as a short parkway with four lanes. It runs to the south past Sunrise Highway (NY 27) and Montauk Highway (NY 27A) and then goes over a long bridge over Great South Bay to Captree Island. It then goes over a short drawbridge. On the other side, there is an exit for the Ocean Parkway and Captree State Park. After this exit, the road narrows down to two lanes. It goes over a final bridge to Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island, where it ends.

The first section of the Robert Moses Causeway, between the Southern State Parkway and EXIT RM2 (NY 27A / Montauk Highway) in West Islip, was completed in 1953. The first causeway bridge, which had one northbound and one southbound lane, was opened to traffic in April 1954. The final link of the Robert Moses Causeway opened in 1964.

SOURCES:
Robert Moses Causeway Wikipedia Entry
Robert Moses Causeway

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