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Roosevelt Island Bridge

Roosevelt Island Bridge

The Roosevelt Island Bridge, located along the East River at just east of midtown Manhattan connects Roosevelt Island, Manhattan to the Astoria area of the borough of Queens. Originally named the Welfare Island Bridge due to the previous name given to the island in 1921. It wasn’t until 1971 mind you that the name was changed to the present in honor of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The bridge’s construction began on March 17 of 1952 with the opening having taken place on May 18, 1955.

Type: Lift Bridge
Total length: 2,877 ft (877 m)
Width: 40 ft
Longest span: 418 ft
Lanes: Two Lanes with a sidewalk.

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