New York Roads - Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

The final traffic signal on Delancey St. EB in Manhattan. All that red steelwork was added to give the bridge a wide, safe pedestrian walkway, but I'd rather have seen it blended into the rest of the architecture for the length of the bridge instead of accentuated with this gateway.

The pedestrian walkway rises high above the incoming subway tracks. It's not just you - all four of the East River bridges below the Triboro have subway tracks, since those are the easiest ways to link the boroughs. That statement's cheating - the Brooklyn Bridge had them until 1950, but no longer.

The exterior and interior structures - exterior being more exciting - in the middle of the bridge. The pedestrian walkway splits to one on each side, and you get a bridge inside the tower. Notice how little room the interior roadway has in the last photo - the minivan is actually in the right lane, but trying to avoid hitting the side. Lanes are probably narrow than 10', and the sheer concrete wall is the barrier. Ask yourself, how could this possibly have been I-78, tying the Holland Tunnel to the proposed Bushwick Expressway to JFK Airport?

Now westbound, which looks much the same, except the WB lanes stay together well onto the bridge before splitting into inner and outer carriageways. The dome in the first photo is the 1875 Williamsburgh (note the H) Savings Bank, arguably less historic at this point than Peter Luger next door. Notice the classic lanterns overhanging the narrow roadway.

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Into Brooklyn
Williamsburg Bridge on Steve Anderson's
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