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Queensboro Bridge

Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 73°57′18″W / 40.757°N 73.955°W / 40.757; -73.955
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Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge
Coordinates40°45′25″N 73°57′18″W / 40.757°N 73.955°W / 40.757; -73.955
Carries9 lanes (4 upper, 5 lower) of NY 25, and 1 lane for pedestrians/bicycles
CrossesEast River
LocaleNew York City (ManhattanQueens)
Other name(s)Queensboro Bridge, 59th Street Bridge
Maintained byNew York City Department of Transportation
DesignDouble-decked Cantilever bridge
Total length3,724 ft 6 in (1,135.2 m)
Width100 ft (30 m)
Longest span1,182 ft (360 m) (west span)
984 ft (300 m) (east span)
630 ft (192 m) (center span)
Clearance above12 ft (3.7 m) (upper level)
Clearance below130 ft (40 m)
ArchitectHenry Hornbostel
DesignerGustav Lindenthal
Engineering design byLeffert L. Buck
OpenedMarch 30, 1909; 115 years ago (1909-03-30)
Daily traffic170,277 (2016)[1]
Queensboro Bridge
NYC Landmark
Location59th Street
Manhattan, New York City
ArchitectGustav Lindenthal (designer)
Henry Hornbostel (architect)
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts; through cantilever truss
NRHP reference No.78001879[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 20, 1978
Designated NYCLApril 16, 1974

The Queensboro Bridge is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City. The bridge is also named the 59th Street Bridge because its end in Manhattan is between 59th and 60th streets. It was finished in 1909. The Queensboro Bridge connects Midtown Manhattan with Long Island City in the borough of Queens. It goes over Roosevelt Island. The bridge is 7,449 feet (2,270 m) long. The bridge was renamed after New York City mayor Ed Koch in 2011. Its official name is now the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.[3]

To the north is a tramway that travels in the air. This tramway goes from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island.

From 1909 to 1917, the span of the bridge between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island was the longest cantilever span in North America.[4]

The bridge used to carry elevated trains. It now carries cars. Since 2000, people can walk across the bridge.[5]

The roadway that uses the bridge is numbered New York State Route 25.


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  1. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 9. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  3. Ed Koch Queensborough bridge: Span officially renamed in honor of former New York City mayor
  4. "Queensboro Bridge". ASCE Metropolitan Section. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  5. "Queensboro Bridge Rehabilitation Program". New York City Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-03-13.

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