Archives and Special Collections, College of Staten Island, CUNY
title: arches of steel, image of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

| home | the narrows | from transportation asset to barrier | winning support for the bridge |
| construction | dedication | assessment | image gallery | bibliography | credits |

ASSESSMENT

The Bridge and New York City

"The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the most important single project in the $3 billion Metropolitan New York Arterial System. It is the tie which binds together New York's boroughs. It is the tie which binds together the expressways, turnpikes and thruways of the Northeastern United States into an arterial system which bypasses Manhattan's congested streets."
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. Spanning the Narrows, 1964.

 

The Bridge and the Eastern Seaboard

"The bridge with its immense approaches bypasses Manhattan and the city core and makes outlying areas accessible. It is the most important link in the great highway system stretching from Boston to Washington or, if you please, Maine to Florida."
Robert Moses "Foreword," Edward M. Young. The Great Bridge: The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.

 

The Bridge as Engineering Feat

"'Everything about the Narrows Bridge,' observed the Engineering News-Record, 'is big, bigger or biggest. The four steel cables cost more than the whole Golden Gate Bridge, and must support a dead weight of 120,000 tons plus thier own weight of 39,000 tons. The maximum anticipated live load, by contrast, is only 15, 600 tons.'"
Joseph Gies. Bridges and Men. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1963.

| home | the narrows | from transportation asset to barrier | winning support for the bridge |
| construction | dedication | assessment | image gallery | bibliography | credits |

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