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Bayonne Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken by Wayne Grodkiewicz

BH Photo #108054

Street Views 


The main span of this bridge is nearly identical to that of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. Average daily traffic is 9,025 vehicles.


Steel through arch bridge over Kill Van Kull on SR 440 between Bayonne and Staten Island
Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, and Richmond County, New York
Toll bridge open to traffic
Built 1931; roadway raised 64 feet 2017-2019
- Cass Gilbert of Zanesville, Ohio
- Leon Moisseiff of Riga, Latvia
- Othmar Ammann of Feuerthalen, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
- Port Authority of NY&NJ
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 1,675.0 ft.
Total length: 5,780.0 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Deck width: 85.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64236, -74.14173   (decimal degrees)
40°38'32" N, 74°08'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/572571/4499410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NY 5523040 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 25224 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 17, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 18, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 20, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Removed category "Under reconstruction": raise the roadway project has completed
  • July 6, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 5, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 23, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 23, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 10, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 4, 2018: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • July 4, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 10, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added architect.
  • June 15, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS.
  • November 24, 2009: New photos from Jason Smith
  • November 23, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 2, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Grodkiewicz


  • Wayne Grodkiewicz - WGrodkiewi [at] aol [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • HAER NJ-66 - Bayonne Bridge, Spanning Kill Van Kull between Bayonne & Staten Is, Bayonne, Hudson County, NJ
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Josh Schmid
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Bayonne Bridge
Posted December 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The Nov 13, 2017 edition of The New Yorker has a nice article on the project.

Bayonne Bridge
Posted December 1, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The first evidence of the higher deck construction has begun to appear with the addition of more steel supports above the original steel frame at the Staten Island end of the arch span. The added steel supports appear to include built-up beams that match the originals, albeit bolted instead of riveted. See webcam photo.

Bayonne Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Bayonne Bridge isn't the first large bridge that's had it's height increased.

The Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River between OR and WA height was raised in the early 1940s.


Bayonne Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, the bridge will not be replaced, but from what I can see it will be severely altered and it will lose a significant amount of historic integrity of appearance, design, and materials. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in visiting and photographing this nationally significant historic bridge do so prior to this project taking place.

Bayonne Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com`)

Novel modification of the bridge apparently is forthcoming. A major project to increase the waterway clearance by about 65'.