Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Page
Built from 1901 – 1909 (just 9 months before the Manhattan Bridge opened), this two level cantilever bridge is one of two to span across the East River and connect Manhattan with the borough of Queens. It’s got a total length of 7,449 feet and crosses right over Roosevelt Island. It’s really quite a view when you’re driving into the city on the bridge, believe it, New Yorkled would know. Crossing the bridge by foot or bicycle is a real treat. It’ll take you about 20 minutes or so to cross it on foot? and if you really want to get some spectacular views, then how about taking the Roosevelt Island Tram which crosses the East River to connect Manhattan Island with Roosevelt Island. At a cost of only $1.50 it’s a real gem that takes only minutes but will get you some awesome views of the Queensboro Bridge!
Considered to be the busiest of the East River Bridges, the Queensboro had a vehicular crossing total of 192,000 on your average day in 1998. Bridge entrances are at 60th St./2nd & 3rd Ave. in Manhattan and Queens Plaza and Crescent St. in Queens.
Construction Duration: 1901-1909
Total Length (including approaches): 7,449 feet
Width: 100 feet
# of Traffic Lanes: 10
Steel used in Structure: 50,000 tons
Cost to build: $20 million
Clearance above water: 130 feet