DOT owns, operates, and maintains 789 bridges and tunnels throughout New York, including the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg and Ed Koch Queensboro Bridges, 25 movable bridges, and five tunnels. There are no tolls on bridges operated by DOT. Some bridges in New York City are operated by other agencies.
Harlem River Bridges Access Plan
Beginning in the summer of 2015, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs has led a community-driven planning process to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility between Manhattan and the Bronx across 13 Harlem River bridges. Through workshops, surveys, and mobile outreach, combined with technical analysis, NYC DOT is identifying community preferred transportation improvements to create a continuous cross-borough user experience, incorporating bridge paths, approaches, wayfinding and lighting. The final product of this process, the Harlem River Bridges Access Plan, will be a planning document used to guide future investment and seek funding for capital projects. See the presentation from workshops in March (PDF)
DOT performs many bridge construction projects, ranging from preventative maintenance to installing entirely new bridges. Learn about current bridge reconstruction projects
The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is the busiest DOT bridge—on an average weekday in 2010, 178,000 vehicles crossed it. The next most-used DOT bridge was the Mill Basin Bridge, with 141,000 crossings. The Brooklyn Bridge had 124,000 crossings, the Williamsburg Bridge had 111,000 crossings and the Manhattan Bridge saw 75,000 crossings by vehicles on the average weekday. The quietest DOT-operated bridge was the historic Carroll Street Bridge, with 1,000 crossings
Ten bridges in New York City had been awarded some degree of landmark status, including seven that under DOT's jurisdiction: the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queensboro, Washington, University Heights, Carroll Street and Macombs Dam Bridges. The three landmarked bridges not operated by DOT are the George Washington Bridge (Port Authority), the High Bridge (NYC Department of Parks & Recreation), and Hell Gate Bridge (Amtrak).
New York City's first bridge, known as the King's Bridge, was constructed in 1693. Fitted with stone abutments and a timber deck, it spanned Spuyten Duyvil Creek between Manhattan and the Bronx. It was demolished in 1917. The oldest bridge that is open to passengers or vehicles is the Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in 1883.
DOT publishes an annual Bridge and Tunnel Condition Report that describes the recent and planned maintenance and capital projects on DOT bridges. Read more DOT bridge publications in the DOT Library
As part of DOT Art programs, artists install their work on DOT's bridges Learn more about DOT Art
Bridges not under DOT's jurisdiction
Many roadway bridges and tunnels not under DOT's jurisdiction are the responsibility of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) or the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Other bridges and tunnels are the responsibility of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the New York State Department of Transportation and Amtrak.
The MTA operates bridges and tunnels on the Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, and subway systems. MTA Bridges and Tunnels operates the following roadway bridges and tunnels:
- Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
- Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel
- Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
- Henry Hudson Bridge
- High Bridge
- Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
- Queens Midtown Tunnel
- Throgs Neck Bridge
- Robert F. Kennedy (Triborough) Bridge
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
The Port Authority operates the following road bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey: