Greenpoint Avenue Bridge
|Greenpoint Avenue Bridge|
|Official name||J. J. Byrne Memorial Bridge|
|Locale||Brooklyn and Queens, New York City|
|Maintained by||New York City Department of Transportation|
|Width||70 feet (21 m)|
|Longest span||180 feet (55 m)|
|Clearance below||26 feet (7.9 m)|
|Daily traffic||26,926 (2008)|
|Preceded by||Pulaski Bridge|
|Followed by||Kosciuszko Bridge|
The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge is a drawbridge that carries Greenpoint Avenue across Newtown Creek between the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Blissville, Queens in New York City. Also known as the J. J. Byrne Memorial Bridge, the bridge is named after James J. Byrne, who served as Brooklyn Borough President from September 1926 until he died in office on March 14, 1930. Previously, Byrne was the Brooklyn Commissioner of Public Works.
The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge is the sixth bridge to cross Newtown Creek in this location. In the 1850s, Neziah Bliss built the first drawbridge, which was called the Blissville Bridge. It was followed by three other bridges before being replaced by a new bridge in March 1900. A new bridge opened in 1929 and after suffering from mechanical problems it was replaced by the current structure in 1987.
On March 30, 2009, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference at the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, announcing that it would receive $6 million in federal stimulus funds, which will be used to rehabilitate the bridge.
In 2011, the NYCDOT proposed an extension of the existing Greenpoint Avenue bike lane on the Brooklyn side across the bridge. The local Greenpoint businesses opposed the project because of a projected loss of 50 parking spaces. The Greenpoint Avenue bike lane still awkwardly terminates at the bases of the bridge, however.
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- Lisberg, Adam (March 30, 2009). "Brooklyn Bridge to get face-lift thanks to Feds, says Bloomberg". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- Sutton, Benjamin. "Plans for Greenpoint Avenue Bridge Bike Lane Stalled". http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2012/01/03/plans-for-greenpoint-avenue-bridge-bike-lane-stalled.