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Manhattan Bridge

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The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension. The main span is 1,480 ft (451 m) long, with the suspension cables being 3,224 ft (983 m) long. The bridge's total length is 6,855 ft (2,089 m). It is one of four toll-free vehicular bridges connecting Manhattan Island to Long Island; the nearby Brooklyn Bridge is just slightly further downtown, while the Queensboro and Williamsburg bridges are to the north.

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Manhattan Bridge
View from Manhattan toward Brooklyn, 2022
Coordinates40.7070°N 73.9905°W / 40.7070; -73.9905 (Manhattan Bridge)
CrossesEast River
LocaleNew York City (ManhattanBrooklyn)
Maintained byNew York City Department of Transportation
ID number2240028 (upper)
2240027 (lower)[1]
DesignSuspension bridge
Total length6,855 ft (2,089 m)
Width120 feet (37 m)[2]
Height336 ft (102 m) (towers)[2]
Longest span1,480 feet (451 m)[3]
Clearance below135 ft (41.1 m)[2]
DesignerLeon Solomon Moisseiff[2]
Constructed byOthniel Foster Nichols[2]
Construction start1901[2]
Construction end1909[4]
OpenedDecember 31, 1909; 113 years ago (1909-12-31)[4]
Daily traffic67,851 (2019)[5]
DesignatedAugust 30, 1983
Reference no.83001694[6]
Designated entityManhattan Bridge
DesignatedNovember 25, 1975
Reference no.0899
Designated entityManhattan Bridge Arch and Colonnade

The bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff,[2] built by The Phoenix Bridge Company, and opened to traffic on December 31, 1909. An innovative design, it was the first suspension bridge to employ Josef Melan's deflection theory for deck stiffening, resulting in the first use of a lightly-webbed weight-saving Warren truss[7] for its construction. Considered the forerunner of modern suspension bridges, it served as the model for many of the record-breaking spans built in the first half of the twentieth century.