Bayonne Bridge

  • photo of Bayonne Bridge
  • photo of Bayonne Bridge
  • photo of Bayonne Bridge
LocationNew York, USA
CrossesKill Van Kull
Statusin use
Open1931
ArchitectOthmar Ammann
FunctionRoad bridge
DesignArch bridge
Length1 762 m
Clearance below66 m
Longest span510 m
Width26 m
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Bayonne Bridge is an arch bridge that crosses Kill Van Kull between Bayonne in New Jersey and Staten Island in New York City in the United States.
The bridge is 1762 meters long and has a main span of 510 meters which makes it the 5 largest arch bridge in the world today. The bridge was the world's largest when it opened in 1933 until the New River Gorge Bridge opened in 1977.
Construction of the bridge started in 1928 and it was faster and cheaper to build the bridge than planned, the bridge opened in 1931
The Bayonne Bridge is designed by Swiss engineer Othmar H. Ammann, who has designed several other well-known bridges including the George Washington Bridge and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.
The bridge had a sailing height of 46 meters for this to allow the tallest ships in the US Navy to pass at that time.

In 2010, it was decided that the bridge should be rebuilt to increase the sailing height to 66 meters, which is a standard for new Panamax ships. The rebuilding started in 2013 and was completed in 2019.