The Willis Avenue Bridge Project

The Willis Avenue Bridge over the Harlem River extends from First Avenue and East 124th Street in Manhattan to Willis Avenue and East 134th Street in the Bronx.  Its four lanes of one-way traffic act as a couplet to the Third Avenue Bridge. Due to decades of daily usage, as well as normal wear and tear from weather and age, the Department of Transportation decided to replace the bridge, including the FDR Drive and Bruckner Boulevard ramps. The new bridge features wider lanes, shoulders, and a pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. The new swing span of the Willis Avenue Bridge was fully assembled at the Port of Coeymans, transported to New York City and floated into place. The project was completed in 2010.