The six-lane Throgs Neck Bridge is a massive suspension structure over the East River that connects two New York City boroughs, Queens and the Bronx. Its main purpose was to relieve active traffic on the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, which is only two miles away. Today, Trogs Neck is the property of the New York City government, which performs not only administrative functions, but also ongoing maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation.
Features of the Throgs Neck Bridge
The bridge opened in early 1961. It is considered the most modern of all the structures that are over the East River. It was designed by engineer Othmar Ammann, who has designed several bridges in New York City.
This bridge is the third bridge that connects the Bronx and Queens. Several main features can be highlighted:
- The center span is 1,800 feet long;
- The length of the bridge together with the approaches is about 2 miles;
- Exit ramp heights in the Bronx and Queens are 3,900 feet and 2,800 feet, respectively;
- The total length together with the bindings is 2,910 feet;
- three full lanes for each direction (six in total);
- 4-foot-wide barriers are installed between the directions to ensure driver comfort and safety while driving;
- The width of the roadway in one direction is 37 feet;
- The roadway is paved with modern asphalt;
- The distance between the mount and the support is 555 feet.
Throgs Neck is one of the few bridges in New York City that prohibits bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Use of the roads is toll-free for all vehicle owners. Previously, the toll was only on the Bronx side, but now it applies to all directions (the decision was made after the bridge was rebuilt in 2017 and an automatic toll system was installed).
How much is the fare?
Starting in mid-spring 2021, the toll from each vehicle type is $10.17. When it comes to motorcyclists, the one-time fee for them will be $4.28. The E-ZPass system is used for payment. If transponders are issued in New York, the fare is $6.55 and $2.85, respectively.
For other mid-level users, fees are $8.36 and $3.57. If transponders are issued by other state offices, payment is by mail only after receipt of the appropriate document.