Though not one of New York City’s most famous bridges, the Bayonne Bridge was a record breaking bridge – longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge – and changes are en route for this connection that stretches between Staten Island and Bayonne, New Jersey. With help from Bridge Man, Dave Frieder, here are 10 secrets of the Bayonne Bridge:
1. The Bayonne Bridge Was the Longest Steel Arch Bridge in the World When Completed in 1931
The arch of the Bayonne Bridge measures 1675 feet, making it 21 feet longer than that of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. The Sydney bridge is wider, however. Nonetheless, the Bayonne Bridge was the longest bridge in the world when it was completed and is the fifth-longest steel arch bridge today. It held the title for world’s longest steel arch bridge for 45 years.