Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the East River, in 2007.
Carries Motor vehicles (cars only), elevated trains (until 1944), streetcars (until 1950), pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale New York City (ManhattanBrooklyn)
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Suspension/Cable-stay Hybrid
Total length 5,989 feet (1825 m)
Width 85 feet (26 m)
Longest span 1,595 feet 6 inches (486.3 m)
Clearance below 135 feet (41 m) at mid-span
AADT 145,000
Opened May 24, 1883
Toll Free both ways
Coordinates 40°42′21″N 73°59′53″W / 40.705953°N 73.998048°W / 40.705953; -73.998048Coordinates: 40°42′21″N 73°59′53″W / 40.705953°N 73.998048°W / 40.705953; -73.998048

The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m)[1] over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the leading landmarks of New York City.

It was built from 1869 until 1883. The bridge was designed by John Roebling, and the construction was directed by his son Washington Roebling and Washington's wife, Emily. [2] When it was finished, it was the tallest structure in North America.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "NYCDOT Bridges Information". New York City Department of Transportation. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bridges/bridges.shtml#brooklyn. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  2. mann, Elizabeth, 2000 "the Brooklyn Bridge," Scholastic Literary Place, pp. 566-589.