Movable Bridges in the Bronx

Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge

Photo of Hutchinson River Bridge

The Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge carries the Hutchinson River Parkway over the Hutchinson River in the Bronx. The bridge is located between the interchanges with the New England Thruway (I-95) to the north and Pelham Parkway to the south. The bridge is a seven-span, 205-meter (673-foot) structure with six approach spans and a 48.9 meter (160′ 6″) bascule span. The bascule span consists of a four-leaf deck with steel median barriers between the northbound and southbound lanes.

The bridge carries six lanes of traffic on two roadways each 11 meters (36 feet) wide, divided by a concrete barrier. There is a 2.4-meter (8-foot) wide sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.

Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge Facts

  • BIN: 2-07585-9
  • Borough: Bronx
  • Type: Bascule
  • Telephone: 718-885-1851
  • Location: Bartow Avenue & New England Thwy.
  • Waterway: Harlem River
  • Miles from Mouth: 0.9
  • Channels: 1
  • Used by: Hwy
  • Length: 670′
  • Max. Span: 160
  • Roadways: 2 - 36′ 0″
  • Sidewalks: 1 - 8′ 0″
  • Construction Cost: $1,275,700.00
  • Land Cost: Free
  • Total Cost: $1,275,700.00
  • Date Opened: Oct. 11, 1941

Unionport Bridge

Photo of Unionport Bridge

The Unionport Bridge is presently a double leaf trunnion bascule supporting Bruckner Boulevard over Westchester Creek in the Bronx, New York City. Each leaf is about 70 feet wide and the span of the bridge is 75 feet center to center of trunnions.

The total bridge length including approaches is 526 feet. The bridge carries two westbound and three eastbound lanes of traffic on a 58 feet wide roadway and pedestrian traffic on a 7.5 feet wide south sidewalk. The current bridge provides a channel with a horizontal clearance of 60 feet and a vertical clearance of 21 feet at lower water and 14 feet at higher water.

The Unionport Bridge was opened to traffic in 1953. The bridge is an important link between the Unionport section and Schyerville sections of the Bronx. The bridge is located in the midst of the Bruckner interchange that is also comprised of the Cross Bronx Expressway and the Hutchinson River Parkway. The average daily traffic on the bridge was recorded in October 1998 as approximately 50,000 vehicles per day.

Unionport Bridge Facts

  • BIN: 1-06651-0
  • Type: Bascule
  • Location: Zerega Avenue & Brush Avenue
  • Waterway: Westchester Creek
  • Miles from Mouth: 1.6
  • Channels: 1
  • Used by: Hwy
  • Total Cost: $5,404,361.03
  • Date Opened: Oct. 27, 1953

Pelham Bridge

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The Pelham Bay Bridge is a double leaf bascule type bridge. It carries four lanes of traffic, two in each direction. It also has one pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the span. By far this is the busiest of all the City owned drawbridges.

Pelham Bridge Facts

  • BIN: 2-24020-0
  • Type: Bascule
  • Location: Bruckner Expwy. & Shore Rd.
  • Waterway: Hutchinson River
  • Miles from Mouth: 0.4
  • Channels: 1
  • Used by: Hwy
  • Total Cost: $605,274.06
  • Date Opened: Oct. 15, 1908

Eastern Boulevard Bridge

Photo of Eastern Blvd. Bridge

The Eastern Boulevard Bridge carries the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) over the Bronx River. It links the Hunts Point and Soundview sections of the Bronx. The Bruckner Expressway essentially runs northeast-southwest, beginning at the Triborough Bridge and ending at the New England Thruway, near Co-op City. The bridge consists of two parallel structures orientated east-west.

The Eastern Boulevard Bridge is a dual double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge with a span of 36.2 meters (118 feet, 6 inches) center to center of trunnions. Just west of the bridge is a fixed bridge that carries I-278 over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line.

Each of the two bridges carries three expressway lanes on a 10-meter (34-foot) roadway, two service road lanes on a 6.7-meter (22-foot) roadway and a 2.3-meter (7'-6") sidewalk on the outside of each service road.

Eastern Boulevard Bridge Facts

  • BIN: 2-06667-1
  • Type: Bascule
  • Location: Edgewater Road & Bronx River Avenue
  • Waterway: Bronx River
  • Miles from Mouth: 1.1 
  • Channels: 1 
  • Used by: Hwy
  • Length: 634′
  • Max. Span: 0 
  • Roadways: 2 - 34′ 0″ and 2 - 22′ 0″
  • Sidewalks: 2 - 7′ 6″
  • Total Cost: $2,761,150.49
  • Date Opened: Oct. 27, 1953