Williamsburg Bridge

Suspension bridge in New York

Introduction

History

  • πŸ“… Proposed: January 1892.
  • πŸ—οΈ Construction Start: June 19, 1896.
  • πŸ› οΈ Chief Engineer: Leffert L. Buck.
  • πŸŽ‰ Opening Date: December 19, 1903.
  • πŸ’° Cost: $11 million (equivalent to $299.5 million in 2023).
  • πŸš‹ Streetcar Tracks: Initially had four trolley tracks, replaced with roads in 1936 and 1949.
  • πŸ”§ Renovations: Major renovations in the 1980s and 1990s, and again in the 2020s.

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Design and Structure

  • πŸ—οΈ Type: Suspension bridge with truss causeways.
  • πŸ“ Main Span: 1,600 feet (490 meters).
  • 🏒 Towers: Two towers, each 335 feet (102 meters) tall.
  • πŸ›€οΈ Deck Width: 118 feet (36 meters).
  • πŸŒ‰ Clearance Below: 135 feet (41 meters) at mean high water.
  • πŸ”§ Support: Side spans supported by trusswork and additional towers.

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Transportation

  • πŸš— Roadway: 8 lanes of vehicular traffic.
  • πŸš‡ Subway: J, M, and Z trains of the New York City Subway.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Pedestrians: Dedicated paths for pedestrians.
  • πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ Bicycles: Dedicated paths for bicycles.
  • πŸ›€οΈ Streetcar Tracks: Until 1948.

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Renovations

  • πŸ”§ 1980s and 1990s: Major renovations due to severe structural defects.
  • πŸ› οΈ 2020s: Ongoing renovations to maintain structural integrity.
  • πŸ’΅ Funding: Significant investment to ensure safety and longevity.

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Nearby Attractions

  • πŸ™οΈ Lower East Side: Vibrant neighborhood with shops, restaurants, and cultural sites.
  • 🎨 Williamsburg: Known for its arts scene, trendy boutiques, and nightlife.
  • 🌳 East River Park: Offers recreational activities and scenic views.
  • πŸ›οΈ Tenement Museum: Explores the history of immigrant life in New York City.
  • 🍽️ Smorgasburg: Popular food market in Williamsburg.
  • πŸ›οΈ Brooklyn Flea: Renowned flea market with vintage and handmade goods.
  • 🎢 Music Venues: Numerous live music venues in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (800) 221-9903
🌐   Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/infrastructure/williamsburg-bridge.shtml
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 70 Williamsburg Bridge Bicycle Path, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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