FIBORO BRIDGES

Harlem River and Spuyten Duyvil Bridges


Willis Avenue Bridge

Peds OK
Bikes OK

This is a turning drawbridge with walkways on both sides.

“Same old crap,” says one intrepid pedaler. Metal grating makes this span inhospitable to cyclists without chutzpah.

Manhattan entrance: First Avenue and 125th Street.
Bronx entrance: Willis Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard

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T.A. Magazine articles on the Willis Avenue Bridge:


Third Avenue Bridge

Peds OK

Skates OK

This bridge has those lousy shingles in the middle section, and a set of stairs at the north end.

Manhattan entrance: Just west of Third Avenue at 128-129th Streets.
Bronx entrance: Third Avenue at Bruckner Boulevard.

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Madison Avenue Bridge

Peds OK Bikes OK

Once marked by a metal mesh roadway and a nasty sidewalk, ongoing construction on the bridge has brought some improvements, including concrete fill.

Manhattan entrance: Madison Avenue at 138th Street.
Bronx entrance: 138th Street, at the foot of the Grand Concourse.

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145th Street Bridge

Peds OK Bikes OK Skates OK

Walkway on the southern side; there’s some uneven rubbery stuff at the Manhattan end and the rest is a little bumpy, but overall not bad.

Manhattan entrance: 145th Street and Lenox Avenue
Bronx entrance: 149th Street and River Avenue

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Macombs Dam Bridge

Peds OK
Bikes OK
Skates OK

Walkway on both sides, with decent pavement. There are four spans to the bridge: the western one comes down from Washington Heights over a valley, the next one crosses the Harlem River, the third spans the Metro-North tracks, and the easternmost covers the Major Deegan Expressway. At the Major Deegan entrance, you have your choice of hubcaps from most major auto manufacturers.

Reconstruction will begin Spring 1999, but is not expected to affect walkway.

Distance: 2,540 feet
Manhattan entrance: 155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue
Bronx entrance: 161st Street and Jerome Avenue

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High Bridge

The High Bridge used to be a dedicated pedestrian bridge, but it is now closed to all traffic.

Read about the possible future uses of the High Bridge.


Alexander Hamilton Bridge (I-95)

This connects the George Washington Bridge with the Cross-Bronx Expressway.

No bicycle or pedestrian path; closest alternative is the Washington Bridge.


Washington Bridge

Peds OK
Bikes OK
Skates OK

Not to be confused with the George Washington Bridge on the other side of the island, this bridge has walkways on either side. The pavement is not very good, and covered with trash. No stairways.

Manhattan entrance: 181 Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Bronx entrance: Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard (University Avenue) and Edward L. Grant Highway


University Heights Bridge

Peds OK Bikes OK Skates OK

This bridge is very popular with pedestrians, and the pavement is excellent. No stairs.

Manhattan entrance: 207th Street and Ninth Avenue.
Bronx entrance: Fordham Road and Sedgwick Avenue.

Broadway Bridge

Peds OKBikes OK Skates OK

This is one of those bridges where the middle section can be raised to accommodate river traffic. There are walkways on both sides, which are metal grates filled with concrete; excellent surfaces. No stairs.

Manhattan entrance: Broadway past 220th Street
Bronx entrance: Broadway south of 225th Street

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Henry Hudson Bridge

Peds OK
Bikes OK
Skates OK

There is a walkway on the west side of the lower roadway. Pavement quality on the walkway is excellent. Bike accessible, but bikers have to walk their bikes.

Manhattan entrance: inside Inwood Hill Park, west of Route 9A
Bronx entrance: Henry Hudson Parkway West, just south of 227th Street