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Manhattan Bridge
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View from Brooklyn
Carries 7 lanes of roadway, 4 tracks of the New York City Subway, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale New York City (Manhattan-Brooklyn)
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 6,855 ft (2,089 m)
Width 120 feet (37 m)
Height 336 ft (102 m) (towers)
Longest span 1,480 feet (451 m)
Clearance below 135 ft (41.1 m)
Designer Leon Solomon Moisseiff
Constructed by Othniel Foster Nichols
Construction begin 1901
Construction end 1912
Opened December 31, 1909; 110 years ago (1909-12-31) (though not complete)
Daily traffic 70,341 (2008)

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge is 6,855 ft (2,089 m) long.

The bridge opened on December 31, 1909. It was designed by Leon Moisseiff. Its design was new for bridges at the time. Many longer suspension bridges are based on this bridge's design.

The bridge is officially landmarked. It was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 2009.

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