Wyck Expwy South to Rockaway Boulevard - June 2001
Gallery: Van Wyck Expwy.
Just past Foch, and we still can't
shake this Taco guy. Now I've said that boulevards around here
generally run with the numbered streets, so what is Rockaway
Boulevard doing here? It is actually running on a diagonal, as
do many older roadways not part of the later planned grid system,
so like Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike among others, it
crosses paths with both the streets and the avenues. Here in
South Jamaica and Ozone Park, it is merely a very wide, busy
commercial strip. Further to the south and east, it becomes for
all intent and purposes, a highway, as it runs past JFK Airport.
Incidently, you're not seeing things as pertains to the apparent
bulges in the Airtrain's siding. Exactly why those occasional
bulges were engineered, I haven't a clue. Perhaps to provide
space along the tracks every here and there for signals and such.
Unlike some of their brethren further
north, these grand old, if quite filthy, stoneface brick retaining
walls have been...well...retained!
The Airtrain construction has robbed
motorists of the cushion that used to stand between the right
lanes and the overpass walls. I assume that upon completion of
the project, all lanes will be shifted back towards the center.
Either that, or all these overpasses will have to come down and
be rebuilt, which I would think they would have done before building
the Airtrain. Then again, never let me wallow in the delusion
that a government bureaucracy might do the intelligent thing.
© 2001, Jeff Saltzman. All