Manhattan Bridge

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Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge 2007.jpg
View from Brooklyn
Carries 7 lanes of roadway, 4 tracks of the New York City Subway, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale New York City (Manhattan-Brooklyn)
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Characteristics
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 6,855 ft (2,089 m)
Width 120 feet (37 m)[1]
Height 336 ft (102 m) (towers)[1]
Longest span 1,480 feet (451 m)[2]
Clearance below 135 ft (41.1 m)[1]
History
Designer Leon Solomon Moisseiff[1]
Constructed by Othniel Foster Nichols[1]
Construction begin 1901[1]
Construction end 1912[1]
Opened December 31, 1909; 108 years ago (1909-12-31) (though not complete)[1]
Statistics
Daily traffic 70,341 (2008)[3]

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge is 6,855 ft (2,089 m) long.

The bridge opened on December 31, 1909. It was designed by Leon Moisseiff.[1] Its design was new for bridges at the time. Many longer suspension bridges are based on this bridge's design.[4]

The bridge is officially landmarked. It was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 2009.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Manhattan Bridge in the Structurae database
  2. Jackson, Donald C. (1988). Great American Bridges and Dams. Wiley. p. 136. ISBN 0-471-14385-5.
  3. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes 2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. March 2010. p. 63. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  4. American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section (2014). "Manhattan Bridge". Historic Landmarks. New York City: American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  5. "Manhattan Bridge". ASCE Metropolitan Section. Retrieved 2010-02-21.

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