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Horace Harding Expressway At 190th St., Fresh Meadows

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:00 am

Mystery photo number 14 has been identified. Its location—Main Street between 59th Road and 60th Avenue in Flushing. The winners are:

James Dikeman, Charles McDonald and Katherine Hubert, all of Flushing. They have each received an 8” x 10” photo. In the future, do not call the paper, or come into the newspaper. Respond via our Post Office Box 7769 Rego Park, NY 11374-7769.

Many people are picking up an old copy of the Queens Chronicle and then writing in after the identification has been made. Once the winners and identification is made, do not continue to write.

The Long Island Expressway was originally known as the Queens Midtown Highway from 1940 until the mid-1950s. New York Governor Dewey approved the Long Island Expressway expansion from Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, to the Queens-Nassau border on March 27, 1954, at a cost of $500 million. Powers that be felt that without this expressway, commercial and industrial growth would be stifled.

The new expressway went over the route of the Horace Harding Expressway (Route 25D). In 1957, the Horace Harding Expressway was re-named Route 24. The Hempstead Turnpike was re-named 24A.

Shown here is the backed-up traffic the Horace Harding Expressway had to endure as workmen worked non-stop to open this major expressway. The L.I.E. Long Island section opened in October, 1958 between Exits 32 and 39. Many improvements and additions have been added since this time.

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