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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge


View Of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge From Brooklyn Looking Southwest Toward Staten Island

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #133656

Street Views 


Suspension bridge over The Narrows on I-278 between Staten Island and Brooklyn
New York City, Richmond County, New York, and Kings County, New York
Open to a total of 12 lanes of traffic
Upper level opened November 21, 1964; lower level opened June 28, 1969
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Ammann & Whitney of New York City, New York (Design Firm)
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Harris Structural Steel Co. of South Plainfield, New Jersey
- Othmar Ammann of Feuerthalen, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland (Designer)
Length of largest span: 4,204.9 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Total length: 7,934.1 ft. (1.5 mi.)
Deck width: 73.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60639, -74.04528   (decimal degrees)
40°36'23" N, 74°02'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/580769/4495502 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
The Narrows
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NY 5521218 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 39927 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 7, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 7, 2019: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • April 8, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 25, 2018: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • February 19, 2018: Essay added by Amanda
  • August 14, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 26, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • November 21, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • October 12, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • April 30, 2010: New photos from Bob Morgan
  • September 5, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Designer
  • February 17, 2009: New photo from Joe Herrington
  • February 17, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER NY-303 - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Spanning Narrows between Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) & Staten Island, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY
  • Joe Herrington
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • John Bernhisel - Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Posted December 1, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure, it is unusual because both BINs refer to the suspended spans. Some very long bridges separate the approaches into different entries, but that does not appear to be the case here. I didn't check the other one but 5521218 also lists the number of suspended spans as 13 (rather than 3) so who knows it might be an error.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Posted December 1, 2021, by Neil Ferguson

Does anyone know why this has (2) NYSDOT BIN Numbers? 5521217 & 5521218

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Posted November 29, 2021, by Neil Ferguson

Longest Suspension Bridge in the United States

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by David Rees (Davesr32 [at] AOL)

Verrazano Narrows- The main span length is 4260 feet. Suspension bridge spans are measured cable support to support, not truss or roadwy length. Golden Gate 4200 feet, Throggs Neck 1800 feet