Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the East River, in 2007.
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CarriesMotor vehicles (cars only), elevated trains (until 1944), streetcars (until 1950), pedestrians, and bicycles
CrossesEast River
LocaleNew York City (ManhattanBrooklyn)
Maintained byNew York City Department of Transportation
DesignSuspension/Cable-stay Hybrid
Total length5,989 ft (1,825 m)
Width85 ft (26 m)
Longest span1,595 ft 6 in (486.31 m)
Clearance below135 ft (41 m) at mid-span
OpenedMay 24, 1883
Daily traffic145,000
TollFree both ways

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It is 5,989 feet (1,825 meters) long.[1] The bridge goes over the East River. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the leading landmarks of New York City.

The bridge was built from 1869 to 1883. It was designed by John Roebling. The construction was directed by his son Washington Roebling and Washington's wife, Emily. [2] When it was finished, it was the tallest structure in North America.

The bridge is an official landmark. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1964.[3][4][5] It became a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.[6]


  1. "NYCDOT Bridges Information". New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  2. mann, Elizabeth, 2000 "the Brooklyn Bridge," Scholastic Literary Place, pp. 566-589.
  3. "Brooklyn Bridge". National Park Service. September 11, 2007.
  4. Armstrong, James B.; Bradford, S. Sydney (February 24, 1975). "The Brooklyn Bridge" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service.
  5. "The Brooklyn Bridge—Accompanying three photos, from 1975" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. February 24, 1975.
  6. "Brooklyn Bridge". ASCE Metropolitan Section. Retrieved June 30, 2010.

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