Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bridge of the Week #63: Spring Creek Bridge

This week's bridge is the Spring Creek Bridge, the easternmost of the Belt Parkway (Shore Parkway) bridges along Jamaica Bay. This one crosses Spring Creek on the border between Queens and Brooklyn, about a mile west of Cross Bay Boulevard. This, as all the Belt Parkway bridges, carries not only the Belt, but also has a walkway on the south side. Most runners using this bridge will be doing the Belt route, but there are parks on both sides of the bridge south of the belt - Spring Creek Park on the east and Fountain Avenue Park on the west, or so it's called on Google maps, but it really looks like an old garbage landfill that's in the process of being converted into a park. Oh well.

The Belt Parkway (the name given to four parkways that skirt Brooklyn and Queens, this section being the Shore Parkway) was built from 1934 to 1940, widened in the late 1940's, and the bikeway/walkway was included from the beginning. The walkway isn't very wide and runs right alongside traffic, so not an exciting experience in itself. This bridge is a fixed bridge and is not particularly interesting from an aesthetic standpoint, but it gets the job done. The Spring Creek itself trickles on for a ways inside Queens, but there doesn't look like there's much to explore there.

Pics: 1. View from below; 2. View from the bridge south toward Jamaica Bay

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