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Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

Ok, it’s ugly…awful ugly…gosh that thing is ugly. Makes you want to say to your friend. “you really gonna cross that thang?? What is that thang??? “OK, seriously though, did you know that before it went up in 1903, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world? That is, until this one came along with a whopping 7,308’…

Considered at the time as the world’s strongest suspension bridge, its 350 ft towers were the first to be made entirely of steel. ‘Which, well, let’s face it, entirely of steel, can’t be shinin’ it all year ’round can we, so that may explain the lack of charm and grace. ‘In reality, the paint that’s applied to it needs of course, to be repainted.

In 1998, vehicular crossings were up to 110,000 on your average weekday.

This structure located around the lower east side, stretches from Delancey & Clinton Streets in Manhattan to Washington Plaza in the borough of Brooklyn. Just below the bridge is East River Park. Crossing the Bridge by foot is allowed and if it weren’t for the metal grid covering your view you’d get some pretty nice photographs during your cross. Mind you, the bridge approaches are awfully long, but it should prove to be a decent experience on a nice day. Of course, nothing beats crossing the Brooklyn Bridge!…Have Fun

Construction Duration: 1896-1903
Total Length (including approaches): 7,308 feet
# of Traffic Lanes: 8
# of Subway Tracks: 2
Cost to build: $30 million
Clearance above water: 135 feet

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