Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.jpg
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, looking toward Staten Island from Brooklyn.
Coordinates 40°36′23″N 74°02′44″W / 40.60639°N 74.04556°W / 40.60639; -74.04556 (Verrazano-Narrows_Bridge)Coordinates: 40°36′23″N 74°02′44″W / 40.60639°N 74.04556°W / 40.60639; -74.04556 (Verrazano-Narrows_Bridge)
Carries 12 lanes (six lanes upper and six lanes lower) of I-278
Crosses The Narrows
Locale New York City (Staten IslandBrooklyn)
Maintained by MTA Bridges & Tunnels
Characteristics
Design Double-decked Suspension bridge
Longest span 4,260 feet (1,298 m)
Clearance above 15 feet (4.57 m) (upper level)
14.4 feet (4.39 m) (lower level)
Clearance below 228 feet (69.5 m) at mean high water
History
Opened November 21, 1964; 50 years ago (1964-11-21) (upper level)
June 28, 1969; 46 years ago (1969-06-28) (lower level)
Statistics
Daily traffic 189,962 (2008)

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is in New York City. The suspension bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.[1]

The bridge is named for the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. His ship was the first to enter New York Harbor.[2]

When construction was finished, the Verrazano-Narrows was the longest suspension bridge in the world.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Biggest Bridge to Span Busiest Harbor." Popular Science, June 1955, pp. 90–93; retrieved 2012-3-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fertig, Beth. "Verrazano Bridge Turns 40," WNYC. November 21, 2004; retrieved 2012-3-25.

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