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The City Island Bridge is a bridge in the New York Citymarker borough of the Bronxmarker, connecting City Islandmarker and Rodman's Neck on the mainland. It is of stone and steel construction, and spans 950 ft (290 m). Construction was begun in 1899 and completed in 1901, at a cost of $200,000. It consists of five fixed spans and a central swing section which was converted to fixed spans in 1963.

Planned replacement bridge

The city plans to demolish the bridge, due to its deteriorated condition, and replace it with a cable-stayed bridge. The current design calls for a 150 ft (46 m) high tower, 13 ft (4 m) wide at the top, with a base of 26 ft (8 m). Vertical clearance above high water would be 12 ft. The new bridge would be located in the same footprint as the existing bridge, although it would be 17 ft (5.2 m) wider to accommodate three standard-width traffic lanes, a bicycle lane and a pedestrian walkway. The original schedule was for the project to begin in 2007 with completion in 2010, but the project is now scheduled to start in 2011. As of 2005 the estimated cost of the project was $50 million. As of 2009 the estimate increased to $120 million due to redesigns and the addition of related projects.

Some residents oppose the design of the proposed bridge and feel that its tower would be out of character with the low-rise homes on City Island.

References

  1. Dolensek, Barabara (2005). "Here Comes the Bridge." The Island Current. (Newspaper). April 2005. Accessed 2009-09-11.
  2. New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT)(2004). "2003 Bridges and Tunnels Annual Condition Report." p. 36. Accessed 2009-09-11.
  3. NYCDOT (2009). "2008 Bridges and Tunnels Annual Condition Report." p. 111. Accessed 2009-09-11.
  4. H. Perahia, L. King, K. Batra, S. Jarosz (2005). "City Island Cable-Stayed Bridge in New York City." Presented at the 3rd New York City Bridge Conference, New York, September 12-13, 2005.


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