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Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 19, 2013

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Key Facts

Location
New York: Brooklyn, New York and Staten Island, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Truss Stiffening Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1961 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Othmar Ammann

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
4,260 Feet (1,298 Meters)
Structure Length
7,934 Feet (2,418 Meters)
Roadway Width
73.8 Feet (22.49 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
5521218

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Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View A Historical Article About This Bridge From Popular Science

View An Archived Wikipedia Article About This Bridge In PDF Format

This enormous bridge had the longest suspension bridge span in the world when completed, knocking off the long-held record of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is so large that it looms over the surrounding landscape and is visible from many locations.

The bridge was designed by famous engineer Othmar Ammann. Like the other suspension bridges he designed in the New York City area, this bridge has towers with a relatively simple and plain appearance. They are composed of two main posts that are connected at the top with a solid section of bracing that features an arched design at the bottom. This basic tower design is shared among all the Ammann suspension bridges, and seems to indicate that Ammann felt that a simple, streamlined bridge was the optimal aesthetic. His approach to aesthetics give his bridges to appearance of being newer than they really are. Compare this to the greater quantity and visual complexity of the bracing between the tower posts of the Mackinac Bridge, designed by another famed engineer, David Steinman.

The bridge is a double-deck design, and the lower deck is contained within the Warren truss stiffening.

HistoricBridges.org strictly speaking does not have a full photo-documentation of this bridge. What is available is a ton of photos taken from the upper deck of the bridge as well as a few distant overview photos. This bridge was crossed a couple times during a visit to the New York City area. Time did not allow for a full photo-documentation, but photos were taken (including some excellent wide angle photos with a GoPro Camera) while driving over the bridge. A round trip over the bridge costs a staggering $15 so it makes sense to get your money's worth by taking lots of photos.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
40.606390,-74.045290

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