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City Island Bridge
An off-going view of the City Island Bridge on a summer night in 2006.
Carries 3 lanes of City Island Road
Crosses Eastchester Bay
Locale The Bronx and City Island in New York City
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Swing bridge
Material Steel and stone
Piers in water 6
Total length 950 ft (290 m)
Number of spans 7
Clearance below 8 ft (2.4 m)
AADT 15,188 (2007)
Beginning date of construction 1899
Opened July 4, 1901[1]

The City Island Bridge is a bridge in the New York City borough of the Bronx, connecting City Island and Rodman's Neck on the mainland. It is of stone and steel construction, and spans 950 ft (290 m). Construction was begun in 1899 and completed in 1901, at a cost of $200,000.[2] It consists of five fixed spans and a central swing section which was converted to fixed spans in 1963.

Planned replacement bridge

The city plans to demolish the bridge, due to its deteriorated condition, and replace it with a cable-stayed bridge. The current design calls for a 150 ft (46 m) high tower, 13 ft (4 m) wide at the top, with a base of 26 ft (8 m). Vertical clearance above high water would be 12 ft.[3] The new bridge would be located in the same footprint as the existing bridge, although it would be 17 ft (5.2 m) wider to accommodate three standard-width traffic lanes, a bicycle lane and a pedestrian walkway. The original schedule was for the project to begin in 2007 with completion in 2010, but the project is now scheduled to start in 2011.[4][5] As of 2005 the estimated cost of the project was $50 million.[6] As of 2009 the estimate increased to $120 million due to redesigns and the addition of related projects.[7]

Some residents oppose the design of the proposed bridge and feel that its tower would be out of character with the low-rise homes on City Island.[8]


  1. ^ "City Island Bridge Opened". New York Times: p. 14. 1901-07-05. Retrieved 2010-01-15.  
  2. ^ "The New City Island Bridge. Work Begun Yesterday on the $200,000 Steel and Stone Structure". New York Times. 1899-01-20. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  3. ^ Dolensek, Barabara (2005). "Here Comes the Bridge." The Island Current. (Newspaper). April 2005. Accessed 2009-09-11.
  4. ^ New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT)(2004). "2003 Bridges and Tunnels Annual Condition Report." p. 36. Accessed 2009-09-11.
  5. ^ NYCDOT (2009). "2008 Bridges and Tunnels Annual Condition Report." p. 111. Accessed 2009-09-11.
  6. ^ H. Perahia, L. King, K. Batra, S. Jarosz (2005). "City Island Cable-Stayed Bridge in New York City." Presented at the 3rd New York City Bridge Conference, New York, September 12-13, 2005.
  7. ^ Lombardi, Frank (2009-05-11). "Span plan crosses $120M: 'Signature' City Island bridge plan's all wet, critics say". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-09-11.  
  8. ^ Bindley, Katherine (November 14, 2008). "In the 'Nantucket of New York,' a Bridge to Agitation". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  

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Coordinates: 40°51′23″N 73°47′36″W / 40.856257°N 73.793291°W / 40.856257; -73.793291



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