Queensboro Bridge

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Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge
Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan May 2012.jpg
The bridge in 2012
Carries 10 lanes (4 upper, 6 lower) of NY 25, and 1 lane for pedestrians/bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale New York City (ManhattanQueens)
Other name(s) Queensboro Bridge, 59th Street Bridge
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Double-decked Cantilever bridge
Total length 3,724 ft 6 in (1,135.2 m)
Width 100 ft (30 m)
Longest span 1,182 ft (360 m) (west span)
984 ft (300 m) (east span)
630 ft (192 m) (center span)
Clearance above 12 ft (3.7 m)(upper level)
Clearance below 130 ft (40 m)
Architect Henry Hornbostel
Designer Gustav Lindenthal
Engineering design by Leffert L. Buck
Opened March 30, 1909; 109 years ago (1909-03-30)
Daily traffic 176,306 (2008)[1]
Toll Free

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, it's 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.[2]

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.[3]

The bridge used to carry elevated trains. It now carries cars. Since 2000, people can walk across the bridge.[4]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes 2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. March 2010. p. 63. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  2. Ed Koch Queensborough bridge: Span officially renamed in honor of former New York City mayor
  3. "Queensboro Bridge". ASCE Metropolitan Section. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  4. "Queensboro Bridge Rehabilitation Program". New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-03-13.

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