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Washington, DC 20590
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Figure 3 - Manhattan Bridge

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Schematic and typical cross section of the Manhattan Bridge

Construction commenced - October 1st 1901
Constr. of cable comm. - Aug 1, 1908 finished - Dec. 10 1908
Open to traffic - December 31, 1909
Total length - 6855 ft
Length of main span - 1470 ft
Length of each of the four cables - 3224 ft

Diameter of each cable - 24 - 1/?? inches
Total number of wires in each cable - 9462
Total length of wire in the four cables - 23,132 miles
The clear height over river channel is 133 ft. above mean high water
Height of steel towers above mean high water - 336 ft
Total weight of structural steel in bridge & approaches 60,000 tons

Cost of construction - $16,698,188.98
Cost of land - $14,386,516.40
Total cost - $31,084,705.38

Updated: 06/03/2015
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000