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Queensboro Bridge


Queensboro Bridge

Viewed from the southwest (Manhattan side) in March, 2005

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


BH Photo #117466



Cantilevered through truss bridge over East River on NY 25 in New York
New York City, Queens County, New York, and New York County, New York
Open to a total of 10 lanes of traffic
Opened to traffic March 30, 1909
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic)
- Snare & Triest Co. of New York City, New York (Manhattan Approach)
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 1,182.0 ft.
Total length: 3,724.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
59th Street Bridge (common name)
Blackwell's Island Bridge (original name)
Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (Official name since March 2011)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75683, -73.95433   (decimal degrees)
40°45'25" N, 73°57'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/588265/4512289 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78001879 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 26672 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 14, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 23, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 22, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 14, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 2, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 2, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 9, 2017: New photos from Dave King
  • March 27, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 22, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added official name.
  • July 15, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 2, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • July 15, 2008: New photo from Michael Minn



Queensboro Bridge
Posted January 2, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My favorite NYC bridge... Hey, it's a truss!

Queensboro Bridge
Posted January 2, 2019, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Bridge Girl

Queensboro Bridge
Posted July 31, 2010, by James Simmons

Is this the bridge in the movie Salt?

Queensboro Bridge
Posted April 17, 2008, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

More images:

The second and third of this set cover the outer north pedestrian lane, the next two give a detail of the Queens tower and the last is a view of the bridge from the Queens side.

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

Lower Level:

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

West main span 1182 feet

Center span (Roosevelt Island) 630 feet

East main span 684 feet

Total length from abutment to abutment 7449 feet.

Upper level 4 reversible lanes (max clearance 12'-no trucks). 4 lanes lower lanes, plus one south outer lane (eastbound only) and north outer lane dedicated for pedestrians and bicycles.

Queensboro Bridge images, including the upper level: