July 22, 2015

1763 UNITED STATES (New York) - Great South Bay Bridge

The Great South Bay Bridge connects the Robert Moses Causeway (which begin in Robert Moses State Park at the western tip of Fire Island) from Long Island's mainland over the Great South Bay, connecting to both Captree and Jones Beach Island. It serves as access via the Robert Moses Causeway to both of the downstream crossings, the State Boat Channel Bridge and the Fire Island Inlet Bridge, also leading visitors and on-lookers to either the Fire Island Lighthouse or the Robert Moses State Park. Robert Moses (1888-1981) was one of the most polarizing figures in the history of urban planning in the United States. His decisions favoring highways over public transit helped create the modern suburbs of Long Island

The bridge was originally a single span, constructed around 1951 and called the Captree Parkway. In 1964, the three twin span opened to traffic and carried northbound traffic. This brought much needed relief to traffic heading back from Jones Beach, Robert Moses, and Captree parks. The bridges are through trusses and are painted a traditional bridge green. In 1997, a major rebuild of the deck of the older span began and was completed in 2000. Safety compliant railings were installed on the older span. In 2013-2014, the northbound span received upgraded railings.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here. The second, depicting Alyssum, belongs to a series featuring 10 images from vintage flower seed packets, about which I wrote here. The last stamp, depicting Spicebush Swallowtail, is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here.

Great South Bay Bridge - Wikipedia
Robert Moses Causeway - nycroads.com

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 29.01.2014

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