The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It is 5,989 feet (1,825 meters) long. The bridge goes over the East River. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the leading landmarks of New York City.
Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the East River, in 2007.
|Carries||Motor vehicles (cars only), elevated trains (until 1944), streetcars (until 1950), pedestrians, and bicycles|
|Locale||New York City (Manhattan–Brooklyn)|
|Maintained by||New York City Department of Transportation|
|Total length||5,989 ft (1,825 m)|
|Width||85 ft (26 m)|
|Longest span||1,595 ft 6 in (486.31 m)|
|Clearance below||135 ft (41 m) at mid-span|
|Opened||May 24, 1883|
|Toll||Free both ways|
The bridge was built from 1869 to 1883. It was designed by John Roebling. The construction was directed by his son Washington Roebling and Washington's wife, Emily.  When it was finished, it was the tallest structure in North America.
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