Conduit Avenue

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Wide median strip at the Brooklyn-Queens border

Conduit Avenue (Conduit Boulevard in Brooklyn) is an arterial road in New York City, the vast majority of which is in Queens. The divided highway runs from Atlantic Avenue in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn to Hook Creek Boulevard in Rosedale, Queens at the Nassau County border. Conduit Avenue and Conduit Boulevard is named for the conduit of the Brooklyn Water Works which fed Ridgewood Reservoir and was constructed on the former right-of-way of the aqueduct.[1]

West of Cross Bay Boulevard, Conduit Boulevard has a wide median strip and runs adjacent to a number of parks with playgrounds. It is one of the few divided roads in Brooklyn with a grass median and serves as the boundary between the neighborhoods of Cypress Hills and City Line in Brooklyn and Ozone Park and Lindenwood in Queens. Between the Shore Parkway and the Laurelton Parkway, Conduit Avenue serves as the service road for Southern Parkway. East of Brookville Boulevard, South Conduit Avenue parallels the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road and continues as Sunrise Highway in Valley Stream. At 225th Street, North Conduit Avenue goes to the north to Hook Creek Boulevard, with the Sunrise Highway merging into it to the south.

Conduit Avenue is designated as New York State Route 27 between Linden Boulevard and the Nassau County border and accommodates car, bus and truck traffic. Westbound vehicles use the roadway named North Conduit Avenue; eastbound vehicles use South Conduit Avenue. At various times the road has been used as a drag strip, particularly in Rosedale.[2]

The western segment of the highway, between Atlantic Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard, was originally slated to be the eastern part of a planned, but never built, Bushwick Expressway. That highway was proposed to run from the Williamsburg Bridge through Williamsburg, Bushwick and East New York before feeding into the Belt Parkway.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Long Island Highway". The New York Times. July 17, 1921. p. 79. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  2. ^ Herszenhorn, David M. (August 28, 1995). "Officers Arrest 18 and Seize Cars in Drag Racing Sting Operation in Queens". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Bushwick Expressway, NYC Roads.com, http://www.nycroads.com/roads/bushwick/

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