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Long Island Parkway

The Long Island Parkway, also known as the Vanderbilt Parkway, was one of the first limited-access automobile highways. It was planned by William K. Vanderbilt Jr[?] to stretch for 60 miles as a route in and out of New York City, although only 45 miles (from Queens, New York to Lake Ronkonkoma, New York) would actually be constructed. Construction began in 1908 (a year later than the Bronx River Parkway), and a 10-mile-long section of the parkway opened to traffic that same year, making it the first superhighway put into use. The Long Island Parkway was a toll road.

In the 1930s the larger, more modern, and free state-government-built Northern State Parkway[?] was constructed parallel to the Long Island Parkway. In April 1938 the Long Island Parkway closed to automobile traffic.

See also:

Parkway
Interstate highway

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