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1940 - world’s longest system of sodium lighting

NEW BELT PARKWAY HAS LONGEST SODIUM LIGHTING SYSTEM

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Electric Lighting

July 1, 1940

This picture gives an idea of the brilliant illumination on the new $28,000,000 Belt Parkway opened Saturday (June 29) thanks to the world’s longest system of sodium lighting.

This picture, taken while General Electric engineers made visibility tests on the stretch between Fort Totten and Whitestone in Queens, shows how a motorist can inspect a tire with safety at night as far as visibility is concerned. A total of 2200 sodium lights will make the 33-mile parkway a path of gold.

Fifteen miles of the lighting system went into service Saturday and the remainder will be completed shortly. 


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