1st Double Decker Bridge opens in NY 106 years ago

Midtown and Roosevelt  Island

The Queensboro Bridge which connects the neighborhood of Long Island City with Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island, opened on March 30th 1909 and was the world’s first double decker bridge.

The construction of this bridge began in 1903, but took until 1909 to complete due to a large section of the bridge falling off in a wind storm and labor unrest (including an attempt to dynamite one span). The bridge opened in 1909, having cost the public $18 million and 50 lives.

The bridge underwent a $300 million renovation that lasted from 1987 to 2012 and was subsequently renamed the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge” in honor of the previous mayor.

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