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Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
Crosses Jamaica Bay
Locale Broad Channel and Rockaway Peninsula, in New York City
Maintained by Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (of the MTA)
Total length 3,000 feet (910 m)
Longest span 275 feet (84 m)
Clearance below 55 feet (17 m)
Opened May 28, 1970
Toll $2.75 as of July 12, 2009 (both directions per car in cash); discount available with token or E-ZPass
Coordinates 40°35′29″N 73°49′11″W / 40.591497°N 73.819614°W / 40.591497; -73.819614 (Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge)Coordinates: 40°35′29″N 73°49′11″W / 40.591497°N 73.819614°W / 40.591497; -73.819614 (Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge)
Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge is located in New York City

The Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge (originally Cross Bay Bridge or Cross Bay Parkway Bridge) in New York City, is a toll bridge that crosses from Broad Channel in Jamaica Bay to the Rockaway Peninsula, and is located in Queens. It was built by the New York City Parkway Authority in 1939 before the authority was merged into the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA). The bridge was a part of a program to develop Jamaica Bay as a recreational area instead of an industrial port. The 1939 bridge was a low-level bascule bridge. Reconstructed and opened to traffic in May 1970, the new bridge is a high level fixed bridge carrying six traffic lanes and a sidewalk on the east side. This allowed boats to pass under it without causing delays because of the lifting the of the bascule bridge.

As of March 16, 2008, the toll charge for a two-axle passenger vehicle crossing in either direction was $2.50 (cash), $1.67 (token), and $1.50 (E-ZPass), with discounts for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents.[1]

On July 12, 2009, the toll charge for a two-axle passenger vehicle crossing in either direction increased to $2.75 (cash), $1.83 (token), and $1.71 (E-ZPass from a New York State toll agency). E-ZPasses from other agencies are charged the cash rate.[1]

Rockaway and Broad Channel residents pay $1.54 per trip with tokens,[1] and cross for free with E-ZPass, since the $1.13 resident E-ZPass toll is rebated immediately after it is charged.[2]

The bridge is owned by the City of New York and operated by the TBTA, an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Notes

  1. ^ a b http://www.mta.info/bandt/traffic/btmain.htm
  2. ^ http://www.mta.info/bandt/html/dscintro.htm
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