Friday, July 24, 2009

New York City's Bridges: Willis Avenue Bridge

I'm afraid the next few bridges upstream on the Harlem River are being replaced.

The Willis Avenue Bridge is an interestingly-shaped swing bridge that was built in 1901. It carries traffic from First Avenue in Manhattan to Willis Avenue in the Bronx. Apparently it's getting old and it's also a source of accidents and so the City of New York wanted to replace it. They offered to sell the existing bridge for $1 and even promised to move it for the buyer, but there were no takers. The estimate for the replacement bridge was $417 million but when the bids were opened, the low bid was $617 million, which will make it the most expensive bridge across the Harlem River.
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New York City's Bridges: Willis Avenue Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

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