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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

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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.

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  1. C. Nicholas Reply

    As a child growing up in Port Richmond, I could clearly see much of the Bayonne Bridge arch from my bedroom window. I used to watch as cars and trucks crossed the bridge. Now, the arch seems to have been moved closer to the Bayonne side as I cannot see the same portion of it. I realize the roadway has been raised and is positioned differently under the arch, however, the arch itself is in a different location. No one else seems to notice or be bothered by this, but I am so sure there is a difference because I always loved being able to view that beautiful bridge from my window.
    I so wish that someone else also has a similar memory and notices the change.

  2. As mentioned in the text, and seen in the photo accompanying Secret #1, the bridge was built with a rail connection from NJ to SI in mind, but was never actually built. You can see the extra space on the left side of the roadway near the pedestrian walkway. That empty space has been teasing Staten Islanders for over 80 years, and with the raising of the roadway a rail connection from Bayonne to Staten Island is almost guaranteed never to happen.

  3. The Bayonne Bridge was the longest STEEL ARCH BRIDGE in the world when it was completed, not THE longest bridge in the world at that time. That being said, it’s always been one of my favorite NYC bridges (my alma mater, Port Richmond High School, is a few blocks away and the bridge is the school’s symbol). The changes being made to the bridge, while necessary, are very aesthetically unpleasing.

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