Manhattan Bridge

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Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge 2007.jpg
View from Brooklyn
Carries7 lanes of roadway, 4 tracks of the New York City Subway, pedestrians, and bicycles
CrossesEast River
LocaleNew York City (Manhattan-Brooklyn)
Maintained byNew York City Department of Transportation
DesignSuspension bridge
Total length6,855 ft (2,089 m)
Width120 feet (37 m)[1]
Height336 ft (102 m) (towers)[1]
Longest span1,480 feet (451 m)[2]
Clearance below135 ft (41.1 m)[1]
DesignerLeon Solomon Moisseiff[1]
Constructed byOthniel Foster Nichols[1]
Construction begin1901[1]
Construction end1912[1]
OpenedDecember 31, 1909; 109 years ago (1909-12-31) (though not complete)[1]
Daily traffic70,341 (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]

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  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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