Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge (1909) over East River in NYC

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges, HAER; 3D Satellite, 201+ photos)

Ed Koch was added to the name in March 2011. [Bridge Hunter]

Jose Vicente Sendin posted
1910. Queensborough Bridge
[The sailboat and steamer are reminders that 1910 looked a lot different than today. Judging from the low skyline in the background, I assume this was taken from the Manhattan side.]
Significance:  At the time of construction [1901-1909], the Queensboro Bridge contained the longest cantilever span in America. (And it "was designed for heavier loads than any other bridges." [NYCDOT] "With a total length of 7,449 feet [including approaches], at the time of its completion it was the fourth longest bridge in the world." [study])
Specifications:  Cantilever Bridge; steel construction; channel spans of 1,182 feet and 942 feet, two anchor spans of 630 feet, shore arms of 469 and 459 feet; cantilever trusses 60 feet apart.
[HAERdata from ny0326]
[It appears that reconstruction work has been ongoing since 1978. It seems the major work was done in the 1990s. The current contract (6) consists of misc. work.]
Photo from HAER NY,31-NEYO,160--1 from ny0326, 1983
LONG DISTANCE VIEW OF BRIDGE LOOKING TOWARDS MANHATTAN WITH MIDTOWN ON THE RIGHT - Queensboro Bridge, Spanning East river & Blackwell's Island, New York County, NY
eBook, p670

eBook, p670
eBook, p671

Manhattan Railway Company photo  (source)
A downtown 2nd Ave consist of Gate Cars coming off the Queensborough Bridge. Photo:

Screenshot  (source, comments provide three photos of streetcars on the bridge)
Train Crossing Over The Queensboro Bridge circa 1930s Manhattan Bound.
Mike Henglein NYCT Trains run on this bridge on the lower deck with automobile traffic on top deck.
Tommy Risi Was the other way around when 2nd Avenue El trains ran over the 59th Street/Queensborough Bridge. Trains were on the upper level, and automobile traffic was on the lower level.

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