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Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
View of one of the bridge's towers
Coordinates 40°36′25″N 74°02′35″W / 40.607°N 74.043°W / 40.607; -74.043Coordinates: 40°36′25″N 74°02′35″W / 40.607°N 74.043°W / 40.607; -74.043
Carries 13 lanes of I-278
(7 lanes on upper level: 3 in each direction, 1 reversible HOV lane;
6 lanes on lower level)
Crosses The Narrows
Locale New York City (Staten IslandBrooklyn), New York, U.S.
Other name(s) Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Verrazzano Bridge
Narrows Bridge
Maintained by MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Characteristics
Total length 13,700 ft (4,176 m)
Width 103 ft (31 m)
Height 649.68 ft (198 m)
Longest span 4,260 ft (1,298 m)
Clearance above 15 ft (4.57 m) (upper level)
14.4 ft (4.39 m) (lower level)
Clearance below 228 ft (69.5 m) at mean high water
History
Designer Othmar Ammann
Construction begin August 13, 1959; 62 years ago (1959-08-13)
Opened November 21, 1964; 56 years ago (1964-11-21) (upper level)
June 28, 1969; 52 years ago (1969-06-28) (lower level)
Statistics
Daily traffic 215,000 (2019)
Toll As of December 1,  2020 (2020 -12-01):
  • $6.12 (New York E-ZPass users outside Staten Island)
  • $2.75 (Staten Island residents E-ZPass)
  • $9.50 (Tolls By Mail and non-New York E-ZPass)
  • $3.40 (Staten Island resident carpool HOV E-ZPass)

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is in New York City. The suspension bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The bridge is named for the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. His ship was the first to enter New York Harbor.

When construction was finished, the Verrazzano-Narrows was the longest suspension bridge in the world until the Humber Bridge surpassed that length in 1981.

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