Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

bridge in New York City

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is in New York City. The suspension bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.[3]

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; -74.043Coordinates: 40°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
Characteristics
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
History
DesignerOthmar Ammann
Construction startAugust 13, 1959; 61 years ago (1959-08-13)
OpenedNovember 21, 1964; 56 years ago (1964-11-21) (upper level)
June 28, 1969; 51 years ago (1969-06-28) (lower level)
Statistics
Daily traffic215,000 (2019)[1]
TollAs of December 1, 2020:[2]
  • $6.12 (New York E-ZPass users outside Staten Island)
  • $2.75 (Staten Island residents E-ZPass)
  • $9.50 (Tolls By Mail and non-New York E-ZPass)
  • $3.40 (Staten Island resident carpool HOV E-ZPass)
Location

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 until the Humber Bridge surpassed that length in 1981.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Verrazzano Bridge toll will soon go both ways". Community News. 2020. p. 11. Retrieved November 29, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "2-way tolling begins on Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge for 1st time since 1986". STATEN ISLAND, New York City (WABC). Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  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," WNYC. November 21, 2004; retrieved 2012-3-25.
  5. "Verrazano-Narrows Bridge". New York, USA. 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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