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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

bridge in New York City

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

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.jpg
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, looking toward Staten Island from Brooklyn.
Carries12 lanes (six lanes upper and six lanes lower) of I-278
CrossesThe Narrows
LocaleNew York City (Staten IslandBrooklyn)
Maintained byMTA Bridges & Tunnels
DesignDouble-decked Suspension bridge
Longest span4,260 feet (1,298 m)
Clearance above15 feet (4.57 m) (upper level)
14.4 feet (4.39 m) (lower level)
Clearance below228 feet (69.5 m) at mean high water
OpenedNovember 21, 1964; 54 years ago (1964-11-21) (upper level)
June 28, 1969; 50 years ago (1969-06-28) (lower level)
Daily traffic189,962 (2008)

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]


  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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