3. The Throgs Neck Bridge Actually Increased Traffic

The Whitestone Bridge

Built to help ease congestion between Bronx and Queens, the Throgs Neck Bridge was anticipated to deter 16 million vehicles away from the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge; it carried approximately 63,000 vehicles per day during its first year of operation.

Instead of helping to ease congestion, however, the bridge ultimately had the reverse effect, bringing traffic from the Bronx and points north to Queens and Long Island. Today, the number of vehicles on each bridge exceeds traffic levels carried by just the Whitestone Bridge when it stood alone.