This goes in the WTF category. I was just poking around facebook and found a group named “We want better access to Long Beach, NY” and get this, they are calling for a bridge that connects Long Beach Road in Island Park to the Meadowbrook Parkway. Here is the group’s description:
This group’s sole objective is to create better access to Long Beach NY. The primary proposal is to have a highway spanning from the bridge between long beach and Island Park to the Meadowbrook parkway
The reason why I am calling some attention to this is because the group actually has 76 members, including a local politician. Ok, so here are my thoughts and please bare with me.
A bridge that far will not only be detrimental to the channel, but it would cost a boat load of money – something NY State doesn’t have. If any new bridge is going to be built in the NY area, it’s not going to be there. It only takes about 10 minutes to get from Long Beach Road to Loop Parkway with our current Park Ave/Lido Blvd situation. A bridge would probably cut those minutes down to maybe 5? Not only that, but I drive on that road every single day during rush hour and it’s really not that bad. It gets slow with all the lights, but it’s not enough to destroy Reynold’s Channel over.
I’m not sure if that facebook group is actually a gag, but I like to post whatever I find interesting about Long Beach and boy.. that proposal is uh…. interesting…. It’s something fun to talk about.