Madison Avenue Bridge

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Madison Avenue Bridge
Madison Avenue Bridge.jpg
South side, from a Metro North train
Coordinates40°48′51″N 73°56′00″W / 40.81417°N 73.93333°W / 40.81417; -73.93333 (Madison_Avenue_Bridge)Coordinates: 40°48′51″N 73°56′00″W / 40.81417°N 73.93333°W / 40.81417; -73.93333 (Madison_Avenue_Bridge)
CarriesFour lanes of Madison Avenue
CrossesHarlem River
LocaleManhattan and the Bronx,
New York City
OwnerCity of New York
Maintained byNYCDOT[1]
Preceded by145th Street Bridge
Followed byThird Avenue Bridge
DesignSwing bridge[1]
Total length1,892 feet (576.68 m)[1]
Longest span300 feet (91.44 m)[1]
Construction cost$90.5 million[1]
OpenedJuly 18, 1910 (1910-07-18)[1][2]
Daily traffic44,338 (2016)[3]

The Madison Avenue Bridge is a four lane swing bridge that crosses the Harlem River in New York City, connecting Madison Avenue in Manhattan with East 138th Street in the Bronx. It was designed by Alfred P. Boller and built in 1910 to replace and double the capacity of another earlier swing bridge dating from 1884. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation.

Bicyclists crossing the bridge during the Five Boro Bike Tour

For 2011, the NYCDOT reported an average daily traffic volume in both directions of 41,423; having reached a peak of 49,487 in 2002.[4]


The bridge is part of the course for the annual New York City Marathon. The runners, after crossing over from Manhattan to The Bronx via the Willis Avenue Bridge, follow a short course through the borough and then return to Manhattan for the race's final leg via the Madison Avenue Bridge.[5]

Public transportation[edit]

The Madison Avenue Bridge carries the Bx33 local bus route operated by MTA New York City Transit, the BxM3 and BxM4 express bus routes operated by the MTA Bus Company, and the BxM4C express bus route operated by Westchester County's Bee Line Bus System. The average weekday ridership of the Bx33 bus route is 3,216.[6] The average weekday ridership on the BxM3 bus route is 718.[7] The average weekday ridership on the BxM4 bus route is 414.[7] Prior to June 27, 2010, the BxM4 was known as the BxM4A and BxM4B.



  1. ^ a b c d e f Michael R. Bloomberg, City of New York (January 23, 2004). "New York City's Harlem River Bridges: The Reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century" (PDF). Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "New Bridge Over the Harlem River". The New York Times. July 17, 1910. p. X7. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 9. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes 2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. March 2010. p. 74. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Briggs, Josh. "How the NYC Marathon Works" How Stuff Works: Adventure
  6. ^ "Average Weekday NYC Transit Bus Ridership". MTA New York City Transit. 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Average Weekday MTA Bus Ridership". MTA Bus Company. 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.

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