Madison Avenue Bridge

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Madison Avenue Bridge
Madison Avenue Bridge.jpg
South side, from a Metro North train
Coordinates 40°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)
Crosses Harlem River
Locale Manhattan and the Bronx, in New York City
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Design Swing bridge
Total length 1,892 feet (577 m)
Longest span 300 feet (91 m)
Opened July 18, 1910[1]
Daily traffic 41,782 (2012)[2]
Madison Avenue Bridge is located in New York City
Madison Avenue Bridge

The Madison Avenue Bridge is a four lane swing bridge that crosses the Harlem Riverin 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.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5] The average weekday ridership on the BxM3 bus route is 718.[6] The average weekday ridership on the BxM4 bus route is 414.[6] Prior to June 27, 2010, the BxM4 was known as the BxM4A and BxM4B.



  1. ^ "New Bridge Over the Harlem River". The New York Times. July 17, 1910. p. X7. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ "2012 New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  3. ^ "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes 2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. March 2010. p. 74. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  4. ^ Briggs, Josh. "How the NYC Marathon Works" How Stuff Works: Adventure
  5. ^ "Average Weekday NYC Transit Bus Ridership". MTA New York City Transit. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Average Weekday MTA Bus Ridership". MTA Bus Company. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 

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