High Bridge Reopens To Bikes, Pedestrians For First Time In 45 Years

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high bridgeNew York City’s oldest standing bridge designed for pedestrians and bicyclists is reopening for the first time in 45 years.

The High Bridge was built in the mid-1800s. It spans the Harlem River, connecting Manhattan’s Washington Heights and the Bronx’s Highbridge neighborhoods.

Constructed as part of the Croton Aqueduct system, it became a popular promenade that attracted hotels, restaurants and amusement parks to the area.

By the mid-1960s that all began to wane with construction of the Major Deegan Expressway and the Harlem River Drive.

The bridge was closed in the 1970s. The $61.8 million restoration began in 2012.

It officially reopened today.

CBS NEW YORK

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  1. So the City/State has $61.8 million dollars for a bridge that spans between 2 minority, Democrat voting communities but they don’t have money for the ETC’s which will benefit EVERY New Yorker! Go figure. %100 pure corruption!

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