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The George W. Bridge

Eighth Avenue’s new span joins an illustrious list.

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Politicians talk of bridging divides—but Eighth Avenue? To allow conventiongoers a quick (and New Yorkless) route between the old Farley Post Office and Madison Square Garden, the city has built a temporary enclosed bridge, paid for by the RNC. How does this new span stack up against its famous forebears?





Bridge Yr Opened Main Span Cost What It Carries Construction Time
Brooklyn 1883 1,596 feet $13.5 million Automobiles, pedestrians 13 years
Williamsburg 1903 1,600 feet $24 million Automobiles, pedestrians 7 years
Manhattan 1910 1,470 feet $31 million Automobiles, pedestrians, subway trains 6 years
Hell Gate 1917 1,017 feet $150 million Amtrak trains 5 years
George Washington 1931 3,500 feet $55 million Automobiles, pedestrians 4 years
Verrazano-Narrows 1964 4,260 feet $325 million Automobiles 5 years
Eighth Avenue 2004 180 feet $750,000 Journalists and
GOP pedestrians
15 hours

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