Third Avenue Bridge (New York City)

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Third Avenue Bridge
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Carries Third Avenue
Crosses Harlem River
Locale Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
Opened August 1, 1898
Daily traffic 59,053 (2012)[1]

The Third Avenue Bridge carries southbound road traffic on Third Avenue over the Harlem River, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City. It once carried southbound New York State Route 1A. The Third Avenue Bridge carries traffic south from Third Avenue, East 135th Street, Bruckner Boulevard, and Lincoln Avenue in the Bronx, to East 128th Street, East 129th Street, Lexington Avenue, and the Harlem River Drive in Manhattan, traveling over the Metro-North Railroad Oak Point Link, the Harlem River, and Harlem River Drive. The bridge was formerly bidirectional, but converted to one-way operation southbound on August 5, 1941 on the same day the Willis Avenue Bridge was similarly converted to one-way northbound.[2]


As part of a major reconstruction project, a new swing span was floated into place on October 29, 2004 and two lanes of Manhattan-bound traffic opened on December 6, 2004. Additional work covered redesign of the approach ramps to the bridge on the Bronx side and off the bridge in Manhattan. Discovery Channel made a television show about the installation.[3] As reconstructed, the Third Avenue Bridge carries five lanes of Manhattan-bound traffic from the Bronx, which split to three ramps in Manhattan: to East 128th Street and Second Avenue; to Lexington Avenue and East 129th Street; and to the southbound Harlem River Drive/FDR Drive.

For 2011, the New York City Department of Transportation, which operates and maintains the bridge, reported an average daily traffic volume of 59,603; the bridge reached a peak ADT of 73,121 in 2000.[4]

Public transportation

The Third Avenue Bridge carries the Bx15 bus route operated by MTA New York City Transit. The route's average weekday ridership is 19,951.[5]


  1. "2012 New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-09-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "One-way Bridges to Ease Traffic". The New York Times. August 5, 1941. Retrieved 2012-08-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Episode on Discovery Channel
  4. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes 2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. March 2010. p. 74. Retrieved 2010-06-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Average Weekday NYC Transit Bus Ridership". MTA New York City Transit. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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