145th Street Bridge

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145th Street Bridge
145 Bridge below jeh.jpg
View from the Bronx
Coordinates 40°49′10″N 73°55′59″W / 40.819461°N 73.933053°W / 40.819461; -73.933053Coordinates: 40°49′10″N 73°55′59″W / 40.819461°N 73.933053°W / 40.819461; -73.933053
Carries Four lanes of 145th Street
Crosses Harlem River
Locale Manhattan and the Bronx,
New York City
Owner City of New York
Maintained by NYCDOT[1]
Preceded by Macombs Dam Bridge
Followed by Madison Avenue Bridge
Design Swing bridge[1]
Total length 1,602 feet (488.29 m)[1]
Longest span 300 feet (91.44 m)[1]
Construction cost $85 million[1]
Opened August 4, 1905 (1905-08-04)[1]
Rebuilt November 2006 (2006-11)[1]
Daily traffic 29,315 (2016)[2]
Side view of bridge in 2008

The 145th Street Bridge, located in New York City, is a four-lane swing bridge that crosses the Harlem River, connecting 145th Street and Lenox Avenue in Manhattan with East 149th Street and River Avenue in the Bronx. It once carried northbound New York State Route 22 and New York State Route 100. Additionally, this bridge, for its proximity to the eponymous avenue, was once named the "Lenox Avenue Bridge," an original name that has fallen into disuse. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation.

Construction on the original 145th Street Bridge began on April 19, 1901, and the $2.75 million bridge was opened to traffic on August 24, 1905. The designer was Alfred Pancoast Boller.

A new swing span for the bridge was assembled in the Port of Coeymans in Coeymans, New York, in southern Albany County. The span was replaced in early November 2006.

The 145th Street Bridge carries the Bx19 bus route operated by MTA New York City Transit.

In popular culture[edit]

In an episode of The Jeffersons TV show ("The Expectant Father"), Lionel and George get drunk on Timberwolfs and go to paint Lionel's name on the bridge.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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 York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 9. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 

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