Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Coordinates: 40°36′25″N 74°02′35″W / 40.607°N 74.043°W / 40.607; -74.043
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Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
View of one of the bridge's towers
Coordinates40°36′25″N 74°02′35″W / 40.607°N 74.043°W / 40.607; -74.043
Carries13 lanes of I-278
(7 lanes on upper level: 3 in each direction, 1 reversible HOV lane;
6 lanes on lower level)
CrossesThe Narrows
LocaleNew York City (Staten IslandBrooklyn), New York, U.S.
Other name(s)Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Verrazzano Bridge
Narrows Bridge
Maintained byMTA Bridges and Tunnels
Total length13,700 ft (4,176 m)
Width103 ft (31 m)
Height649.68 ft (198 m)
Longest span4,260 ft (1,298 m)
Clearance above15 ft (4.57 m) (upper level)
14.4 ft (4.39 m) (lower level)
Clearance below228 ft (69.5 m) at mean high water
DesignerOthmar Ammann
Construction startAugust 13, 1959; 64 years ago (1959-08-13)
OpenedNovember 21, 1964; 59 years ago (1964-11-21) (upper level)
June 28, 1969; 54 years ago (1969-06-28) (lower level)
Daily traffic215,000 (2019)[1]
TollAs of April 23, 2021:[2]
  • $6.55 (New York E-ZPass users outside Staten Island)
  • $2.95 (Staten Island residents E-ZPass)
  • $10.17 (Tolls By Mail and non-New York E-ZPass)
  • $3.40 (Staten Island resident carpool HOV E-ZPass)

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (also referred to as the Verrazzano Bridge, locally as the Verrazzano, and formerly as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge or Narrows Bridge) is a suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.[3]

The bridge is named for the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. His ship was the first to enter New York Harbor.[4]

When construction was finished, the Verrazzano-Narrows was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was the longest until the Humber Bridge surpassed that length in 1981.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Verrazzano Bridge toll will soon go both ways". Community News. 2020. p. 11. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  2. "Starting Sunday, it will cost more to cross the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge". STATEN ISLAND, New York City (WABC). 6 April 2021. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  3. "Biggest Bridge to Span Busiest Harbor." Popular Science, June 1955, pp. 90–93; retrieved 2012-3-25.
  4. Fertig, Beth. "Verrazano Bridge Turns 40," Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine WNYC. November 21, 2004; retrieved 2012-3-25.
  5. "Verrazano-Narrows Bridge". New York, USA. 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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