Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tri-State Area Bridges and Tunnels


Last night, the old Goethals Bridge, connecting Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey with New York City's Borough of Staten Island, was closed after 79 years -- probably about 30 years after it should have been.

Today, a new Goethals Bridge opens, with a 2nd span due to open next year, replacing the rotting old structure.

These are the dates for the openings of prominent New York City bridges and tunnels. The ones connecting The City with New Jersey are in bold.

(exact date unknown) 1848: High Bridge
(exact date unknown) 1867: Park Avenue Bridge (see 1897)
May 24, 1883: Brooklyn Bridge
December 1, 1888: Washington Bridge (not to be confused with the GWB)
January 1, 1895: Broadway Bridge (see 1962)
May 1, 1895: Macombs Dam Bridge
(exact date unknown) 1897: Park Avenue Bridge (2nd version, see 1956)
August 1, 1898: Third Avenue Bridge (see 2004)
(exact date unknown) 1900: Spuyten Duyvil Bridge
(exact date unknown) 1901: Willis Avenue Bridge (see 2010)
July 4, 1901: City Island Bridge
December 19, 1903: Williamsburg Bridge
(exact date unknown) 1905: 145th Street Bridge (see 2006)
(exact date unknown) 1907: Pelham Bay Bridge
January 8, 1908: University Heights Bridge
October 15, 1908: Pelham Bridge (not to be confused with the Pelham Bay)
March 30, 1909: Queensboro Bridge (59th Street, Ed Koch)
December 30, 1909: Manhattan Bridge
July 18, 1910: Madison Avenue Bridge
March 9, 1917: Hell Gate Bridge
(exact date unknown) 1924: Bear Mountain Bridge
November 13, 1927: Holland Tunnel
June 29, 1928: Goethals Bridge (see 2017)
June 29, 1928: Outerbridge Crossing (same day as old Goethals)
(exact date unknown) 1929: Greenpoint Avenue Bridge (see 1987)
August 25, 1930: Mid-Hudson Bridge (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
October 24, 1931: George Washington Bridge
November 15, 1931: Bayonne Bridge
July 2, 1935: Rip Van Winkle Bridge
July 11, 1936: Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy)
December 12, 1936: Henry Hudson Bridge
July 3, 1937: Marine Parkway Bridge (Gil Hodges)
December 22, 1937: Lincoln Tunnel (center tube)
April 29, 1939: Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
August 23, 1939: Kosciuszko Bridge (see 2017)
November 15, 1940: Queens-Midtown Tunnel
February 1, 1945: Lincoln Tunnel (north tube)
May 25, 1950: Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (Hugh Carey)
May 18, 1951: Wards Island Bridge
September 10, 1954: Pulaski Bridge
May 18, 1955: Roosevelt Island Bridge
December 15, 1955: Tappan Zee Bridge (Malcolm Wilson)
(exact date unknown) 1956: Park Avenue Bridge (3rd version)
February 2, 1957: Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge
May 25, 1957: Lincoln Tunnel (south tube)
January 11, 1961: Throgs Neck Bridge
January 1, 1962: Broadway Bridge (new)
January 15, 1963: Alexander Hamilton Bridge
November 2, 1963: Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
November 21, 1964: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
November 22, 1966: Rikers Island Bridge
May 28, 1970: Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
(exact date unknown) 1987: Greenpoint Avenue Bridge (new)
December 6, 2004: Third Avenue Bridge (new)
November 1, 2006: 145th Street Bridge (new)
October 2, 2010: Willis Avenue Bridge (new)
April 27, 2017: Kosciuszko Bridge (new)
June 10, 2017: Goethals Bridge (new)

Under construction:

September 1, 2017 (scheduled): Tappan Zee Bridge (new)
Sometime in 2017 (opening date uncertain): City Island Bridge (new)

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