There is a story behind this bridge… This is the bridge that connects the “mainland” to the barrier beach in Suffolk County on Long Island. There is another bridge that then connects to the other barrier beach known as Fire Island…for those of you not familiar with Long Island…this can get confusing 🙂 So way back when I was in grade school and God was a child, I lived on Oak Beach which was a bridge ride to school every morning. There were 3 families (with kids)that lived year round on the beach, it was myself, the McCroddens, and the Lynch’s. While the Lynch family had like 13 kids…the rest of us combined were 4. The school bus came every morning…it was a full-sized school bus by the way….picked up the beach kids and drove us to the “mainland” to school in Babylon. The original bridge that connected Babylon/Islip to Jones Beach was built back in 1951, however the need for more lanes to the beach required a second bridge be built. I cannot remember exactly how long it took, but we rode that school bus and watched the second bridge being built…It is hard to see in this photo, but there are 2 bridges side by side here.