Iconic Infrastructure: The Brooklyn Bridge

  • Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge located in New York City, currently one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
  • The bridge stretches a full 5,989 feet in length and stands 276.5 feet above mean high water.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge is currently maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.
  • Renovation on the Brooklyn Bridge began in early 2011 and finished in April 2015, with the result of widening two approach ramps from one to two lanes; raising clearance over the eastbound I-278; completing seismic retrofitting; replacing rusted railings and safety barriers; and resurfacing road decks. Further renovation on the bridge is planned for this year.