The Brooklyn Bridge
connects Brooklyn and Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge over the East River. It connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City. The bridge, which has a span of 1,595 feet, was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1883. Its total cost was about $15 million.

Brooklyn Bridge hangs from steel cables that are nearly 16 inches thick. The cables are suspended from 275-foot towers and are anchored at their ends to massive blocks of masonry. The bridge has six lanes for traffic. In 1964, the National Park Service designated the bridge a national historic landmark.

Contributor: Fred F. Videon, Ph.D., Senior Structural Engineer, HKM Associates Engineers Planners.


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