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Rikers Island Bridge


Bridge from Queens abutment

Ret. Asst. Chief Pagan Collection Page #1 Photo E: Riker's Buono Bridge, Queens abutment lot. "In January 2003 when I was Warden of SOD, the Port Authority Airborne Services Unit, graciously took me up in a PAPD helicopter, so I could view Riker's Island from the air. While up, I took this and other aerial photos."

retired NYC DOC Assistant Chief Richard Pagan in January 2003

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BH Photo #351692


Bridge connecting Rikers Island prison complex to Queens, near LaGuardia Airport. It is the only vehicular connection to Rikers Island, replacing a previous ferry. Rikers Island is in The Bronx, so the bridge crosses the county line from Queens. Considering the facility served, crossing this bridge in either direction could be very emotional, resulting in its nickname "Bridge of Pain".


Steel stringer bridge over East River on Hazen Street
New York City, Queens County, New York, and Bronx County, New York
Open to traffic, posted for load
Built 1966. Site of prison guards' strike blockade 1990. Reconstructed 2007.
- Brookfield Construction Co.
- Madigan-Hyland of New York, New York
- Moore-Lopier Corp.
Steel stringer, rising to 52' clearance over water at center. 3 lanes of roadway plus walkway.
Length of largest span: 203.8 ft.
Total length: 4,236.1 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 34.1 ft.
Also called
Francis R. Buono Memorial Bridge
Bridge of Pain
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.78165, -73.88851   (decimal degrees)
40°46'54" N, 73°53'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/593786/4515112 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
52 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NY 2240660 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 71851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2022: Updated by Roger Deschner: Merged NBI data
  • April 17, 2016: Added by Roger Deschner