Saturday, December 5, 2009

#2 Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge, October 21, 2009
Rob Hickman on a 24" and Keith Nelson on a 24"

The Manhattan Bridge was our second crossing. It was a six mile roundtrip from our starting point. We took the north bridge path into Manhattan and the south path back to Brooklyn.

From the New York City Department of Transportation:

The youngest of the three NYCDOT maintained suspension bridges that span the East River, the Manhattan Bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff (1872-1943) and completed in 1909. Fitted with a splendid set of approaches designed by the renowned architectural team of Carrere and Hastings, the Manhattan Bridge is one of the most aesthetically pleasing of New York City's transportation structures.

Daily, the bridge accommodates some 75,000 vehicles, 320,000 mass transit riders and 3000 pedestrians/bicyclists/unicyclists between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It supports seven lanes of vehicular traffic as well as four subway tracks upon which four transit train lines operate.

Construction commenced - October 1, 1901
Open to Traffic - December 31, 1909
Total length - 6855 feet
Length of main span - 1470 feet
Length of each of the four cables - 3224 feet

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