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Six Bridg6S?By Vernon Howe Bailey
HE talk of a new bridge over the Bast River furnished the artist J- with the idea for this drawing which shows the present tour bridges, the Hell (late span of the New Haven Railroad and his con ception of the proposed bridge from Twenty-third street, Manhattan, to Greenpoint avenue. Brooklyn. From the bottom of the page the bridges are: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Twenty-third street? Greenpoint, Queensboro and Hell Gate. When Brooklyn had a population of 1,600 a man given over to visions proclaimed that a bridge across the East River ought to be built if the villages on either side were to grow. That was in the year 17SS. On May 24, 18S">. the Brooklyn Bridge was opened. Its length of span is 1.335.5 fe*H. Now there are longer spans in existence and not yet silenced are those who would throw one of 3,000 feet across the Hudson. The lour bridges across the East River are used daily by o\or 100.000 vehicles and a million persons. While the Brooklyn Bridge, forerunner of the gi;ints, is under i-u&picion and may require rebuilding, some degree of interest attaches to H* statistics. At its highest point (of the span), and at one point only, it is elevated 133 feet above water; its total cost, including land and cost of construction, was $25,094,577. Beginning with 1913 careful count has been taken of all traffic on the bridges for several days in October of each year. The figures for 1921 showed a daily traffic of 62,740 vehicles, 13,797 elevated and sub way c ars, and 16.t(7 surface cars; 607.644 passengers crossed daily in elevated ar.d subway, 328,121 in surface cars, 119,613 in vehicles, while those who walked numbered 6,973. The percentage of traffic handled in 1921 was thus divided: Wil liamsburg Bridge 3S.2, Mauhattan Bridge 28 1, Brooklyn Bridge 23.4, (jaeeusboro Bridge 10.3.