Day 375

The Throgs Neck

January 8th, 2013



Connecting Queens and the Bronx, this span opened in 1961 to ease congestion on the nearby Whitestone Bridge.

5 Comments

  1. Bill Willsie says:

    Could the be an any more unattractive name for a bridge than Throgs Neck!?

  2. Bill Willsie says:

    No stay cables???

    • Matt Green says:

      The stay cables on the Whitestone were a quick (and not super effective) fix for a problem that wasn’t known at the time the bridge was built. The Throgs Neck was designed many years later, so the engineer was able to avoid the problem from the start. According to Wikipedia:

      “This was Ammann’s first long span job after 1940, which saw the collapse of the original Tacoma Narrows Suspension Bridge in Washington State. Instead of employing a rather streamlined-looking plate-girder system, Ammann constructed his bridge with 28-foot (8.5 m) deep stiffening trusses under the deck. These would weight the bridge and allow any wind to simply blow through, instead of against, the bridge.”

  3. Bill Willsie says:

    Thanks Matt. Keep up the great job!

  4. Anna One says:

    But where does that weird name come from?

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