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Outerbridge Crossing
The Outerbridge Crossing, seen from Tottenville, Staten Island. Perth Amboy, New Jersey is on the left; Staten Island, New York is on the right
Carries 4 lanes of NJ 440/NY 440
Crosses Arthur Kill
Locale Perth Amboy, New Jersey and southwestern Staten Island, New York
Maintained by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Design Steel Cantilever bridge
Total length 10,140 feet (3,093 m)[1]
Width 62 feet (18.9 m)
Longest span 750 feet (229 m)
Vertical clearance 14 feet (4.3 m)
Clearance below 135 feet (41.1 m)[1]
AADT 85,764 (2007)[2]
Opened June 29, 1928
Toll (eastbound) Autos $8.00 Cash, $8.00 peak with (E-ZPass), $6.00 off-peak with (E-ZPass)
Outerbridge Crossing is located in New York City

The Outerbridge Crossing is a cantilever bridge which spans the Arthur Kill. The "Outerbridge", as it's commonly known, connects Perth Amboy, New Jersey with Staten Island, New York and carries NY-440 and NJ-440, each road ending at the respective state border.

The bridge was named for Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge, sometimes pronounced "ooterbridge," the first chairman of the then-Port of New York Authority and a resident of Staten Island.[3][1] Rather than call it the "Outerbridge Bridge" the span was labeled a "crossing," but many New Yorkers and others mistakenly assume the name comes from the fact that it is the most remote bridge in New York City and the southernmost crossing in New York state.[4]

View from top of tower through truss work

It is a steel cantilever construction, designed by John Alexander Low Waddell and built under the auspices of the Port of New York Authority, now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which currently operates it.

It opened simultaneously with the Goethals Bridge on June 29, 1928. Both spans have similar designs. Neither bridge saw high traffic counts until the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964. Traffic counts on both bridges were also suppressed due to the effects of the Great Depression and World War II.

The Outerbridge Crossing carried 32,438,000 vehicles (both directions) in 2006, or approximately 90,000 each day.[5] Tolls are collected in the eastbound direction only. As of early 2009 the cash toll is $8 for passenger vehicles. Users of E-ZPass pay a toll of $6 during off-peak hours (outside of 6-9 am and 4-7 pm).

In 2003, the Port Authority raised the speed limit for the three inner E-ZPass lanes at the toll plaza from 15 mph to 25 mph, separating these lanes from the rest of the eight-lane toll plaza by a barrier.[6] Two years later, the tollbooths adjacent to the 25 mph E-ZPass lanes were removed and overhead gantries were installed with electronic tag readers to permit E-ZPass vehicles to travel at 45 mph in special high-speed lanes.[7] Motorists using the high-speed E-ZPass lanes cannot use the Page Avenue exit, which is located immediately after the toll plaza.

In recent years, the bridge has undergone numerous repair jobs as a result of the high volume of traffic that crosses the bridge each day. The repair jobs have not yet included a bicycle or pedestrian lane, causing there to be no safe way to access Staten Island from New Jersey.


  1. ^ a b c Kenneth T. Jackson, ed., The Encyclopedia of New York City p. 870; 1995; Yale University Press; The New-York Historical Society.
  2. ^ "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2009.  
  3. ^ ( note: his daughter was responsible for bringing lawn tennis to he US)."E. H. Outerbridge, Port Expert, Dies. Head Of Export And Import Firm And Ex-Chairman Of Port Of New York Authority. Aided Major Harbor. Comprehensive Development Started in His Term Of Office twice. Chamber Of Commerce Head.". New York Times. ; November 11, 1932. Retrieved 2008-03-09. "Eugenius H. Outerbridge, head of the firm of Harvey Outerbridge and former chairman of the Port of New York Authority, died yesterday in the New York ..."  
  4. ^ Yates, Maura (June 27, 2008). "Happy Bridge Birthday". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved May 28, 2009.  
  5. ^ Outerbridge Crossing, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Accessed March 2, 2008.
  6. ^ Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (June 19, 2003). "E-ZPass Speed Limit Increased to 25-mph at Outerbridge Crossing". Press release. Retrieved August 8, 2009.  
  7. ^ Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (June 27, 2005). "Express E-ZPass Arrives Tomorrow at the Outerbridge Crossing". Press release. Retrieved August 8, 2009.  

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Coordinates: 40°31′30″N 74°14′48″W / 40.524914°N 74.246635°W / 40.524914; -74.246635



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