Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge 1964

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge 1964

© Elzbieta Sekowska

© Mary McGrath

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Double-deck suspension bridge in New York

Key Facts

World’s longest main-span bridge from 1964-1981

13 traffic lanes on two decks

Four main suspension cables


New York, USA

Across The Narrows

Between Staten Island and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Designers / Engineers

Ammann & Whitney

Othmar Ammann

Leopold Just


Steel suspension bridge

1,298m main span

4,176m total length

Main contractors

American Bridge Company


Began 13 August 1959

Opened 21 November 1964

The Bridge

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge was the world’s longest-span suspension bridge from 1964 to 1981 at 1,298m. It connects Staten Island with Brooklyn in New York City.

It has 13 lanes of traffic, seven on the upper deck and six on the lower, and is used by an average of over 200,000 vehicles travelling in both directions daily.

It was designed by Othmar Ammann and other engineers at his firm, Ammann Whitney. They were aware of the need to expand the bridge’s traffic capacity in the future and the design would allow a lower deck in its strengthened truss. The bridge was so popular that in 1969 the second deck was opened.

Originally it was named officially as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with one “z” but this was recently corrected.

World's Longest Main-Span Bridges in 1964

Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, 1964, USA, 1,298m
Golden Gate Bridge, 1937, USA, 1,280m
George Washington Bridge, 1931, USA, 1,067m

Other long-span bridges