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Triborough Harlem River Lift Bridge


Triboro Lift Bridge

Viewed from the southwest along the East River in March, 2005

(c) 2005 by Michael Minn (michaelminn.com)


BH Photo #117469

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Vertical lift bridge over Harlem River between Manhattan and Randall's Island in New York
New York City, New York County, New York
Open to six lanes of traffic
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1967
- Arthur I. Perry
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic)
- Othmar Ammann of Feuerthalen, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
Vertical lift Warren through truss. This is the westernmost component of the massive Triboro Bridge complex, which also includes a fixed truss span into the Bronx, a suspension span into Queens and a viaduct across Randalls and Wards Islands to connect the whole thing together.
Length of largest span: 315.0 ft.
Total length: 4,594.4 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Deck width: 69.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
renamed Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.80056, -73.92833   (decimal degrees)
40°48'02" N, 73°55'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/590400/4517169 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NY 5521209 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26446 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 2, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 8, 2016: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 15, 2008: New photos from Michael Minn


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Triborough Lift Bridge
Posted August 4, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Accroding to MTA Bridges & Tunnels, approximately ten lifts a year of the Triborough Manhattan Lift Bridge are conducted for maintenance purposes, and to honor requests from the US Coast Guard and various Maritime travelers.