Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

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Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
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Official name Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
Carries 4 lanes of the Marine Parkway
(extension of Flatbush Avenue)
Crosses Jamaica Bay
Locale Brooklyn and Queens, New York City
Maintained by MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Design Vertical lift
Total length 4,022 feet (1,225.9 m)[1]
Longest span 540 feet (164.6 m)[1]
Vertical clearance 13 feet (3.9 m)
Clearance below 55 feet (17 m) at mean high water; 150 feet (46 m) in raised position
Opened July 3, 1937 [1]
Toll $3.75 (cash); $2.00 (New York State E-ZPass)
Daily traffic 21,690 (2010)[2]
Coordinates 40°34′24.4″N 73°53′5.8″W / 40.573444°N 73.884944°W / 40.573444; -73.884944 (Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge)Coordinates: 40°34′24.4″N 73°53′5.8″W / 40.573444°N 73.884944°W / 40.573444; -73.884944 (Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge)
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge is located in New York City
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge (originally and often referred to as the Marine Parkway Bridge) is a vertical-lift bridge in New York City, in the U.S. state of New York, that crosses Rockaway Inlet and connects the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, with the Marine Parkway to Floyd Bennett Field, Flatbush Avenue, and the Marine Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. Opened on July 3, 1937, it carries four motor traffic lanes, and a footpath on the western edge.[3] Cyclepaths along both sides of the Parkway connect to the Shore Parkway Greenway and to Flatbush Avenue. The operation of this bridge includes the maintenance of the Marine Parkway from the toll plaza to Jacob Riis Park. Though a city-owned and operated bridge, it connects two parts of Gateway National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park System: Floyd Bennett Field and Jacob Riis Park. The bridge is designated as New York State Route 901B, an unsigned reference route.[4]

The bridge is owned by the City of New York and operated by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

History[edit]

View of the roadway
From Riis Landing
Marine Parkway Bridge facing south

Built and opened by the Marine Parkway Authority in 1937, it was the longest vertical-lift span in the world for automobiles. The curled tops of the towers were designed to give the bridge a whimsical aspect. Following the 1940 merger of the Marine Parkway Authority and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, the operation of the bridge fell to TBTA.[5]

In 1978, the bridge was renamed for Gil Hodges, the former first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.[5] Hodges kept a residence in Brooklyn after his team moved to Los Angeles. He also played for the Queens-based New York Mets at the end of his career, and managed the Mets from 1968 until his sudden death in 1972, including victory in the 1969 World Series.

1999 Renovation[edit]

In 1999, the existing steel-grated roadway deck on the lift span was replaced with a new steel grating. A new, aluminum extrusion, ("Jersey") barrier was also installed to separate opposing traffic flows. In addition, the elevators and electrical systems in the two towers were replaced, and new variable message signs and traffic control devices were installed on the bridge, approach roadways, and toll plaza. The toll plaza also received a brand-new service building.

Facts[edit]

  • The center span is raised and lowered 100 times a year to allow vessels to pass beneath the roadway.
  • The center span is 540 feet (160 m) long and is only 55 feet (17 m) above the water but can be lifted to a height of 150 feet above the water.
  • Part of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 was filmed from a tollbooth camera on this bridge.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge at Structurae. Retrieved on May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "2010 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. Appendix C. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Our Newest Bridge". The New York Times. July 3, 1937. p. 14. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ Perry, N.W. "NYS Reference Routes, Regions 10 and 11". Empire State Roads. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge". MTA Bridges & Tunnels. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 

External links[edit]

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