2. Both the Bayonne Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Were Modeled after NYC’s Hell Gate Bridge

Hell Gate Bridge-Dave Frieder-NYCThe Hell Gate Bridge, with a newer paint job than now

New York City’s Hell Gate Bridge, which carries Amtrak trains, was built between 1912 and 1916. It stretches between Astoria and Randall’s Island and was acclaimed for its size. Both the Bayonne Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which began construction in 1923, were modeled after the Hell Gate Bridge. However, the Hell Gate and the Sydney Harbour use “I” beams to support the main floor beams and to hold up the road deck. Only the Bayonne uses suspender ropes as the load on the Bayonne is not as great.

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3 thoughts on “The Top 10 Secrets of the Bayonne Bridge Connecting Staten Island and New Jersey

  1. 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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