Outerbridge Crossing

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Outerbridge Crossing
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The Outerbridge Crossing as seen from Staten Island.
Coordinates40°31′30″N 74°14′48″W / 40.524914°N 74.246635°W / 40.524914; -74.246635Coordinates: 40°31′30″N 74°14′48″W / 40.524914°N 74.246635°W / 40.524914; -74.246635
Carries4 lanes of Route 440/ NY 440
CrossesArthur Kill
LocaleStaten Island, New York and Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Maintained byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
DesignSteel cantilever bridge
Total length10,140 feet (3,093 m)[1]
Width62 feet (18.9 m)
Longest span750 feet (229 m)
Clearance below135 feet (41.1 m)
OpenedJune 29, 1928
Daily traffic81,597 (2010)[2]
Toll(only going east) Cars $15.00 Cash, $12.50 peak hours with (E-ZPass), $10.50 off-peak hours with (E-ZPass)

The Outerbridge Crossing is a cantilever bridge that connects Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. It was designed by John Alexander Low Waddell and built by the Port of New York Authority (now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).[3] It opened on June 29, 1928, the same day that the Goethals Bridge to Elizabeth, New Jersey opened.[4] It was named after Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge, the first chairman of the Port of New York Authority.[5] The bridge is of one of three bridges for cars that connect Staten Island with New Jersey. The other bridges are the Goethals Bridge and the Bayonne Bridge to Bayonne, New Jersey.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jackson, Kenneth T.; New-York Historical Society (1995). The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 870. ISBN 0-300-05536-6.
  2. "2010 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. Appendix C.
  3. Richman, Steven M. (2005). The Bridges of New Jersey: Portraits of Garden State Crossings. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. pp. 103–104. ISBN 0-8135-3510-7.
  4. "Two Bridges Open Over Arthur Kill". The New York Times. June 30, 1928. p. 35.
  5. "E. H. Outerbridge, Port Expert, Dies. Head Of Export And Import Firm And Ex-Chairman Of Port Of New York Authority". The New York Times. November 11, 1932.