New York Roads - Roosevelt Isl./Br.

Roosevelt Island and its Bridge


An old and unique gate that theoretically would keep traffic out of the Goldwater Hospital area on the south side of the island, though it may not even be strong enough anymore to stop a bulky pedestrian.


Exhausting the non-bridge related photos, all on embossed signs of questionable age. The first is along the "road" on the south side of Capobianco Field, the second is camouflaged along the walled-in Main St. north of there, and the last is in the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital.


Heading north to the Roosevelt Island Bridge, the only way to drive to the island. The novelty is that Roosevelt Island is in New York County, but the only links there are via tram and subway with a paid fare. There used to be pedestrian access along the Queensboro Bridge (and vehicle elevators, to boot), but that was closed off long ago. So cars and pedestrians have to leave the borough into Queens to come back into Manhattan.


Also visible to the north, the Triboro Bridge hides behind some buildings, and the Hells Gate Bridge hides behind it in turn.


One more full bridge view, looking south from the Motorgate parking lot, where the island's residents and visitors tend to leave their cars (except hospital traffic).


Starting eastbound toward Queens, ending at the approximate location of the drawbridge operation room to the left. Must not have been much Class IV competition in 1955.


There is apparently some sort of problem with people trying to climb across the top of the bridge instead of using the sidewalk?


To the south, the eastern half of the Queensboro Bridge crosses the East River.


To the north, the blue suspension span of the Triboro Bridge (southern leg) is in the foreground, and the Hells Gate Bridge (railroad) is behind it.


A couple of straggling EB photos.


The WB entrance to the draw span of the bridge, similar to the EB side but with the bonus of a Euro-style sign overhead.


Welcome to the land of confusing, customized signage and even more confusing lane layouts. The bridge approach is attached to the Motorgate parking garage and consists of a large square area with a bunch of cones and curbed islands, combined with a roadway that spirals down underneath to street level inside the parking deck. It does not feel like a road, for sure. The last photo is at the Motorgate exit, which merges into the WB bridge exit and then splits just as quickly. That means bridge traffic could make a large U-turn around the outside of the concrete square. Or, they could loop around, and make a left and start the loop all over again. Or, they could ignore the randomly spaced cones and just drive in circles and figure eights.

Queensboro Bridge photos from Roosevelt Island

Up onto NY 25 (Queensboro Bridge)
Over to Triboro Bridge (I-278)
Into Manhattan
Roosevelt Island Bridge on Steve Anderson's nycroads.com
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