The Throgs Neck Bridge turns 50 Tuesday, a big if unheralded milestone for a structure that helped transform the Bronx.
The city’s first major post-war bridge, which connects Queens and the Bronx, is the youngest of the East River spans.
The bridge was built to divert traffic from its sister bridge, 1939’s Bronx-Whitestone, but ended up doing much more than that.
“The bridge stirred up the population of the Bronx in ways that never would have happened without it,” said Bronx borough historian Lloyd Ultan.
Here’s how the span, named after its neighborhood in the Bronx, compares to some of its bridge brethren in the five boroughs.
— Throgs Neck is the city’s third youngest bridge, with the High Bridge from 1848 serving as the oldest.
— The bridge is named after the Throgs Neck area of the Bronx, which it connects to Queens.
— The Throgs Necks was designed by Swiss-born engineer Othmar Ammann, who also designed the George Washington Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Bronx-Whitestone
— Some 114,000 cars pass the Throgs Neck daily, compared to 293,000, the highest in the city, that cross the George Washington.
— The Throgs Neck cost $92 million ($659,037, 997 in today’s dollars), while the Brooklyn Bridge cost $15.5 million in 1883 (a real deal at $352,243,645 in today’s money)