Vanderbilt Motor Parkway to be resurfaced

Good news for all the outdoor enthusiasts in the area.

The Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, also known as the Long Island Motor Parkway, has received $1.25 million in city funding for resurfacing.

The public parkland is used by hundreds of people daily.

The Motor Parkway opened in 1908 as a racecourse. It later became a toll road. According to officials, it was the nation’s first highway to use bridges and overpasses.

In 1938, New York State took over the land and remade it into an urban promenade.

The trail was last repaved roughly 20 years ago, and many sections now are still in bad shape. The resurfacing will make the trail safer for all to hike, jog or bike.

“The Vanderbilt Motor Parkway is a Queens gem that must be preserved,” said Councilman Barry Grodenchik, who secured the funding in next year’s budget for the fixes.

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