Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, New York


Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
Spans East River
Lanes 2×3
Total length 1,149 meters
Main span 701 meters
Bridge deck height 41 meters
Opening 29-04-1939
Traffic intensity 114,600 mvt/day
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According to Simplyyellowpages, the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge is a 1.1 kilometer long suspension bridge in the United States. The bridge spans the East River in New York City, more precisely between the Bronx and Queens boroughs. The bridge carries Interstate 678 and is a toll bridge.


The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge is a total of 1,149 meters in length, with a main span of 701 meters in length. The bridge deck hangs a maximum of 41 meters above the water. The pylons are 115 meters high. Interstate 678 in New York runs across the bridge and it is a toll road.


The ideas for a bridge between Bronx and Queens had been around since 1905. In 1930, Robert Moses proposed a bridge at roughly its current location to connect his Belt Parkway to Brooklyn and Queens. In April 1937, Moses’ plan was approved. The bridge was in a rush because of the 1939 World’s Fair. The 115-meter-high pylons of the bridge were completed in just 18 days. The bridge opened on April 29, 1939 with 2×2 lanes. The toll then was 25 cents. The free span of 700 meters was the fourth longest in the world at the time. Later, the bridge was widened to 2×3 lanes. As of 2001, $286 million was invested in the renovation of the then 62-year-old bridge. The bridge was named the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge after the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens.

Road connection

Interstate 678 crosses the bridge, which becomes the Hutchinson River Parkway on the Bronx side. Parallel east of the bridge is the Throgs Neck Bridge over which Interstate 295 passes. On the south side of the bridge, the road splits into the Whitestone Expressway and the Cross Island Parkway.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 114,600 vehicles cross the bridge, which means that it is not overloaded.


The toll fee is $9.50 via license plate toll and $6.12 with an E-ZPass per direction.


Brooklyn is a borough of New York City. The borough is located on Long Island, the largest of the 48 contiguous states of the United States. Brooklyn has an area of ​​251 km² of which 68.1 km² is water. Brooklyn is home to 2,622,000 people, making Brooklyn the most populous borough in the city. The population density is 14,182 inhabitants per km².


Brooklyn, also called Kings County, is located on the western tip of Long Island and measures 17 kilometers east-west and 21 kilometers north-south. The borough is located to the northwest by the East River, to the west by New York Harbor and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The Jamaica Bay is partially located in Brooklyn. The borough is densely populated, especially in the west. Large parts of the borough consist of low terraced apartment buildings. In the south there are also large areas with detached houses that are close together, such as in Gravesend and Flatlands. The center of Brooklyn is located opposite Lower Manhattan, namely Brooklyn Heights. Brooklyn is home to many immigrants, and each neighborhood has its own ethnic majority.

Road network

Underlying road network

According to itypejob, Brooklyn has a predominantly grid pattern, which, however, does not connect in all parts. In the far west, at Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton, the Streets run east-west, rising south. Some of the avenues in this area are also numbered, increasing to the east. In most of Brooklyn, however, the Streets and Avenues just have names. In the middle and south of Brooklyn, the Avenues with a letter (A to Z) run east-west, rising south. There is no real hierarchy in the underlying road network, some roads are important main roads, others are residential streets without a clear system like in Manhattan.


Highways line the edges of Brooklyn. The first was the Belt Parkway that runs around Brooklyn and opened in 1940. Interstate 278, also known as the Gowanus Expressway, runs west and becomes the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Brooklyn Heights to the Kosciuszko Bridge. Two highways poke deeper into Brooklyn, specifically the Prospect Expressway and the Jackie Robinson Parkway from Queens. However, there are no freeways through the middle of Brooklyn, through traffic always has to go around the edges of Brooklyn, which makes traffic on those roads very busy.

River connections

Brooklyn has several bridges and one tunnel to Manhattan, ascending the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge over the East River and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. The Marine Parkway Bridge also runs to the Rockaway Peninsula, which is south of Brooklyn, but is part of Queens. The Kosciuszko Bridge is a bridge on I-278 over Newtown Creek, a canal between part of Brooklyn and Queens with mostly industrial attached to it.

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, New York