Manhattan Suspension Bridge in New York City

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 The Manhattan Suspension Bridge opened on December 31, 1909 over the East River in New York City. More powerful, the American Society of Civil Engineers defines the Manhattan Suspension Bridge as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and a bronze plaque on Brooklyn's South Drive commemorates this great honor.

Manhattan Suspension Bridge in New York City

About the Manhattan Bridge

  • The Manhattan Bridge was designed by architect Leon Moiseef, and it took 11 years to build, from 1901 to 1912.
  • The Manhattan Suspension Bridge runs over the East River to connect the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • The length of the Main Manhattan Bridge is 1,470 feet, the total length of the bridge is about 6,855 meters, the width of the bridge is 37 meters, and the height of its towers reaches 102 meters.
  • The Manhattan Bridge consists of two floors, the upper floor contains four lanes, two back and two back, and the lower level contains 3 lanes to walk in one direction, 4 subway lanes and a walking path.
  • The Manhattan Bridge allows cars to cross over it free of charge, and in 2001 the pedestrian walkway on the south side of the bridge reopened after 40 years of closure.
  • The Manhattan Bridge had bike paths north of the bridge before the summer of 2004, and it reopened in 2007.
  • About 80,000 cars pass the Manhattan Bridge every day, and more than 320,000 people on public transportation.
  • A series of events and exhibitions were organized to mark the centenary of the construction of the Manhattan Bridge in October 2009, including a parade across the Manhattan Bridge in the morning of October 4 and a fireworks display in the evening.
  • The Manhattan Bridge appeared several times in American films such as King Kong, I Am Legend, and in the latest installment of The Dark Knight Rises.

Other bridges on the East River

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, and the first bridge in the world to use steel ropes. It was designed by architect John Augustus. The Brooklyn Bridge extends 1,825 meters over the East River to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge was listed in 1964 as a National Historic Landmark. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the use of the Brooklyn Bridge is now restricted to pedestrians and cars, as trains stopped passing over it in 1944, and trams stopped passing over it until 1950.

Williamsburg Bridge

One of the suspension bridges over the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan with Williamsburg in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Broadway near the Brooklyn-Queens Highway.

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