Macombs Dam Bridge

Macombs Dam BridgeThe 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.

Macombs Dam Bridge Map

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


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



with a few select NYC garages.