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VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE

VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE. This suspension bridge connects Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City. Though the idea had been discussed for more than eighty years, the bridge became part of Robert Moses's plan to modernize the city and open avenues of automotive transportation. Moses's influence overcame objections to the bridge, and construction began in September 1959, according to a design by Swiss engineer Othmar Ammann. The bridge, named for Giovanni da Verrazano—the first European to enter New York harbor, opened to the public on 21 November 1964. Moses called it a "triumph of simplicity and restraint."

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See alsoBridges .

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, vehicular suspension bridge, New York City, across the Narrows at the entrance to New York harbor, linking the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Designed by O. H. Ammann, the bridge was completed in 1964. It is the longest suspension bridge in the United States, with a main span of 4,260 ft (1,298 m). There are two levels, each holding six traffic lanes.

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