The Macombs Dam Bridge connects W 155th St in Manhattan with E 161st St and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. The Bridge has a slightly sordid history including a wealthy business owner, a mill, angry residents maneuvering a vessel to block the bridge, a court case, and faulty construction.
The original cost of the structure in 1895 was about $1.8 million. It is the third oldest bridge in NYC.
Some key facts about the Macombs Dam Bridge:
- Swing bridge with 4 lanes spanning 408 ft
- Total length: 2,540 ft
- In 2007, the Macombs Dam Bridge carried about 20,000 vehicles in each direction daily
TOLLS: No toll in either direction
NYC DRIVING DIRECTIONS FOR THE MACOMBS DAM BRIDGE
From Manhattan: enter from 7th Ave / Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd or from W 155th St, take a sharp left onto 7th Ave / Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at W 152nd St, stay straight to go on to the bridge.
From the Bronx: enter from viaduct at 161st St and Jerome Ave
Entering the Bronx: you can get to I-87 N / Major Deegan Expressway North towards Albany