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Manhattan Bridge

View from the East River
Carries 7 lanes of roadway, 4 tracks of the B D N Q trains of the New York City Subway, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Suspension bridge
Longest span 448.06 meters (1,470 feet)
Total length 2,089.40 meters (6,855 feet)
AADT 80,000
Opening date December 31, 1909
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The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan (at Canal Street) with Brooklyn (at Flatbush Avenue Extension). The bridge was opened on December 31, 1909 and was designed and built by Polish bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski with the deflection cables designed by Leon Moisseiff, who later designed the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940. It has 4 vehicle lanes on the upper level (split between two roadways), and 3 vehicle lanes, 4 subway tracks, a walkway and a bikeway on the lower level. The upper level has 2 lanes in each direction, and the lower level can be one-way in peak direction or have 2 lanes in one direction and the other in the opposite direction. It once carried New York State Route 27 and later was planned to carry Interstate 478. No tolls are charged for motor vehicles to use Manhattan Bridge. Manhattan side of Manhattan Bridge Taken July 25, 2002 from Circle Line cruse boat. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... This page is related to transport; you may be looking for the 2002 Bollywood movie Road. ... The B Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The D Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The N Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The Q Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as MTA New York City Transit. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT or DOT) is responsible for the management of much of New York Citys transportation infrastructure. ... A suspension bridge is a type of bridge that has been created since ancient times as early as 100 AD. Simple suspension bridges, for use by pedestrians and livestock, are still constructed, based upon the ancient Inca rope bridge. ... AADT - Annual Average Daily Traffic flow - is a term used mainly in transportation planning, but increasingly for websites. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... A suspension bridge is a type of bridge that has been created since ancient times as early as 100 AD. Simple suspension bridges, for use by pedestrians and livestock, are still constructed, based upon the ancient Inca rope bridge. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Woolworth Building, looking south along Broadway Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge, 2005 Rigid airship the USS Akron over Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Ralph Modjeski (born Rudolf Modrzejewski) (1861-1940) was a Polish-born engineer who achieved prominence in the United States. ... Leon Moisseiff was an American architect primarily notable for having inadequately designed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge across Puget Sound. ... The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a mile-long (1600 meter) suspension bridge with a main span of 2800 feet (850 m) (the third-largest in the world when it was first built[1]) that carries Washington State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound from Tacoma to Gig... In New York City, United States, the New York City Subway uses four rapid transit tracks over the Manhattan Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn. ... A bikeway is a travel way designated exclusively or primarily for use by bicyclists. ... New York State Route 27 is a highway extending from Brooklyn to New York States eastern most point at Montauk Point State Park. ... Interstate 478 (abbreviated I-478) is an unsigned Interstate Highway in New York City. ...


A new pedestrian walkway opened on the south side of the bridge in June 2001. It was also used by bicycles until late summer 2004, when a dedicated bicycle path was opened on the north side of the bridge.

  • Span 1,470 ft (448 m)
  • anchorage-anchorage length 2,920 ft (890 m)
  • total length 6,855 ft (2,089 m)
The Manhattan Bridge under construction in March of 1903
The Manhattan Bridge under construction in March of 1903
Full span
Full span

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Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3744x2256, 1236 KB) Manhattan Bridge, made March 23rd, 1909 Marine terminal in foreground; bridge under construction in background. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3744x2256, 1236 KB) Manhattan Bridge, made March 23rd, 1909 Marine terminal in foreground; bridge under construction in background. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 364 pixelsFull resolution (2475 × 1125 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 364 pixelsFull resolution (2475 × 1125 pixel, file size: 2. ...

The bridge and I-478

As part of the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, there were plans to make the Manhattan Bridge Interstate 478 but since this interstate would have led to a crosstown expressway and the existing Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the FHWA said that the first digit should be even so I-478 was chosen.[1] However, with the cancellation of I-78 through New York City, the spur was dubbed useless. After that, I-478 was again proposed to go onto a controlled access West Side Highway (which was to be renamed to the Westway). After that was cancelled, I-478 was again proposed to go up the Grand Central Parkway, which was to be upgraded to allow trucks. That proposal was killed. Finally, I-478 was proposed to go up the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. Although this plan did pass, no interstate markers have been assembled on this route. The Lower Manhattan Expressway (also known as the Canal Street Expressway or LOMEX) was a controversial plan for an expressway through lower Manhattan conceptualized by master builder Robert Moses in the early 1960s. ... Interstate 478 (abbreviated I-478) is an unsigned Interstate Highway in New York City. ... On the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278). ... The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation that specializes in automobile transportation. ... Interstate 478 is an unsigned Interstate Highway in New York City. ... Interstate 78 is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... A spur is a metal instrument composed of a shank, neck, and prick, rowel (sharp-toothed wheel), or blunted end fastened to the heel of a horseman. ... The last elevated portion of the West Side Highway by Trump Place apartment complex The West Side Highway (officially the Joe DiMaggio Highway, formerly the Miller Highway) is a mostly-surface section of New York State Route 9A (NY 9A) that runs from West 72nd Street along the Hudson River... For other uses of the term Westway, see Westway Westway was the name of a proposed project to put New York Citys West Side Highway underground, first planned in 1972 and officially canceled in 1985. ... The Grand Central Parkway is a parkway that stretches from the Triborough Bridge in New York City to Nassau County in Long Island. ... The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is a toll road in New York City which crosses under the East River at its mouth and connects the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, nearly passing under, but providing no access to Governors Island. ...


The Manhattan Bridge in Film

  • The Bridge is featured prominently in director Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America. In The Cowboy Way, the two main cowboy characters chase a B train over the bridge to rescue a friend in grave danger.
  • The alien spacecraft that destroys New York in Independence Day makes its entrance over the Manhattan Bridge.
  • The Bridge is also featured prominently in director Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong. In the 1930s period a very steep, simple ramp is used by automobiles to access the Bridge in contrast to today's integrated gradual ramp system into the surrounding roadways.
  • The bridge is featured in an action traffic scene in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die along the East River Drive when James Bond's CIA driver is assassinated by the villain Whisper in a pimpmobile and Bond has to steer the car through dangerous New York traffic.
  • The bridge also plays a large role in the 1984 Steve Martin romantic comedy film The Lonely Guy, in which it is a popular spot for Lonely Guys to commit suicide, and plays an important role in the plot by being the meeting place for Steve Martin and Judith Ivey.
  • In Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, a WCBS-TV helicopter flies above the East River after an earthquake strikes New York City. Both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges are destroyed.

Sergio Leone (January 3, 1929 – April 30, 1989) was an Italian film director who is considered by many to be on the short list of the greatest film directors of all time. ... Once Upon a Time in America (Italian title Cera una volta in America) (1984) is the last film by director Sergio Leone, and features Robert De Niro and James Woods as Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York Citys world of organized crime. ... The Cowboy Way is a 1994 action comedy directed by Gregg Champion. ... Independence Day (also known as its promotional abbreviation ID4) is an Academy Award winning 1996 science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. ... Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961) is a three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning New Zealand filmmaker best known as the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he, along with his long time partner, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novels... King Kong is the 2005 remake of the original 1933 King Kong film about a fictional giant ape called Kong. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Live and Let Die is the second James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1954. ... FDR Drive at night FDR Drive is a major freeway-standard parkway on the east side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... Look up Whisper in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer. ... The Lonely Guy is a 1984 Steve Martin romantic comedy film, written by Neil Simon and directed by Arthur Hiller. ... Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer. ... Judith Ivey (born September 4, 1951 in El Paso, Texas) is an American actress. ... It has been suggested that W2XAB be merged into this article or section. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... New York, NY redirects here. ...

References

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Tunnels

Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel | Holland Tunnel | Lincoln Tunnel | Queens Midtown Tunnel The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is a toll road in New York City which crosses under the East River at its mouth and connects the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, nearly passing under, but providing no access to Governors Island. ... Clifford Milburn Holland, 1919 Traveling through the Holland Tunnel, from Manhattan to New Jersey. ... The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1. ... The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a toll road in New York City. ...

Operators

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority | Metropolitan Transportation Authority | Port Authority of New York and New Jersey | New York City Department of Transportation | New York State Department of Transportation | Amtrak The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, described to the public by the popular name MTA Bridges and Tunnels, or MTA B&T, is an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public benefit corporation, that operates all intrastate toll bridges in New York City. ... The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the State of New York. ... Tolls collected at the Holland Tunnel and other crossings help fund the Port Authority. ... The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT or DOT) is responsible for the management of much of New York Citys transportation infrastructure. ... The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is reponsible for the development and operation of highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities in the U.S. state of New York. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ...

Crossings of the East River
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Rutgers Street Tunnel
NYC Subway F service
Manhattan Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge

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