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Williamsburg Bridge
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Carries 8 lanes of roadway, 2 tracks of the New York City Subway, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale Manhattan and Brooklyn, in New York City
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Suspension bridge and truss causeways
Total length 7,308 feet (2,227 m)
Width 118 feet (36 m)
Longest span 1,600 feet (490 m)
Clearance above 10 feet 6 inches (3.2 m) (inner roadways only)
Clearance below 135 feet (41 m) at mean high water
Architect Henry Hornbostel
Designer Leffert L. Buck
Opened December 19, 1903; 117 years ago (December 19, 1903)
Daily traffic 106,783 (2008)
Toll Free

The Williamsburg Bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City. It goes between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge opened on December 19, 1903. It is free to cross.


The bridge was built starting in 1896. It cost $24,200,000. Until 1924, it was the world's longest suspension bridge.

The bridge has been rebuilt since the 1980s. It was closed in 1988 after cracks were found on the bridge. A bicycle lane was also built on the bridge.

In 2003, the bridge turned 100 years old. On June 22, 2003, people held a party on the bridge to celebrate the bridge's age. In 2009, the bridge was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Train tracks

The bridge carries subway tracks of the BMT Nassau Street Line. In the early 20th century it also had trolley tracks.

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