City Island Bridge
|City Island Bridge|
An off-going view of the City Island Bridge on a summer night in 2006.
|Carries||3 lanes of City Island Road|
|Locale||The Bronx and City Island in New York City|
|Maintained by||New York City Department of Transportation|
|Material||Steel and stone|
|Total length||950 ft (290 m)|
|Number of spans||7|
|Piers in water||6|
|Clearance below||8 ft (2.4 m)|
|Opened||July 4, 1901|
|Daily traffic||14,313 (2009):104|
The City Island Bridge is a bridge in the New York City borough of the Bronx, connecting City Island 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. The project was then postponded until June 2012.:104-106 Due to the project postponement, during 2010 repairs were made to the existing bridge deck, piers, and west abutment.:140 Due to a lack of funding the project was postponed again. Finally the contract was put out for bids and Tutor Perini was selected as general contractor in February 2013. The contractor expects work to begin in April 2013 and be largely complete by July 2016.
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. The final bid came in at $102.7 million.
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- "Hurricane Sandy Drives Tutor Perini Results"
- Press release
- 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.
- Lombardi, Frank (May 11, 2009). "Span plan crosses $120M: 'Signature' City Island bridge plan's all wet, critics say". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-09-11.
- Bindley, Katherine (November 14, 2008). "In the 'Nantucket of New York,' a Bridge to Agitation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-15.