Manhattan Bridge

bridge in New York City

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge is 6,855 ft (2,089 m) long.

Manhattan Bridge
Seen from Brooklyn in July 2017
Coordinates40°42′25″N 73°59′26″W / 40.7070°N 73.9905°W / 40.7070; -73.9905 (Manhattan Bridge)
Carries7 lanes of roadway,
4 tracks of the "B" train"D" train"N" train"Q" train trains of the New York City Subway, and bicycles
CrossesEast River
LocaleNew York City (Manhattan-Brooklyn)
Maintained byNew York City Department of Transportation
ID number2240028 (upper)
2240027 (lower)[1]
DesignSuspension bridge
Total length6,855 ft (2,089 m)
Width120 feet (37 m)[2]
Height336 ft (102 m) (towers)[2]
Longest span1,480 feet (451 m)[3]
Clearance below135 ft (41.1 m)[2]
DesignerLeon Solomon Moisseiff[2]
Constructed byOthniel Foster Nichols[2]
Construction start1901[2]
Construction end1912[2]
OpenedDecember 31, 1909; 114 years ago (1909-12-31)
Daily traffic85,084 (2016)[4]
TollFree both ways

The bridge opened on December 31, 1909. It was designed by Leon Moisseiff.[2] Its design was new for bridges at the time. Many longer suspension bridges are based on this bridge's design.[5]

The bridge is officially landmarked. It was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 2009.[6]


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Manhattan Bridge at Structurae
  3. Jackson, Donald C. (1988). Great American Bridges and Dams. Wiley. p. 136. ISBN 0-471-14385-5.
  4. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 9. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section (2014). "Manhattan Bridge". Historic Landmarks. New York City: American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section. Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  6. "Manhattan Bridge". ASCE Metropolitan Section. Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved 2010-02-21.

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