University Heights Bridge

University Heights Bridge

The University Heights Bridge connects W 207th Street in Manhattan’s Inwood section with West Fordham Road in the University Heights section of the Bronx, going over Harlem River.  It was originally constructed in 1881 as the Fordham Footbridge, and was converted into the current University Heights Bridge in 1908 for $1.2 million.In 1992, the bridge got a brand new swing span.

The bridge is one mile south of the Broadway Bridge and two miles north of the Washington Bridge at W 181st Street and the Alexander Hamilton Bridge at W 179th Street, which brings you to the George Washington Bridge.

University Heights BridgeSome key facts about the University Heights Bridge:

  • Swing bridge with 4 lanes spanning 264 ft
  • Total length: 1,566 ft
  • In 2007, the University Heights Bridge carried about 24,000 vehicles into Manhattan and 17,700 out of Manhattan daily

TOLLS: No toll in either direction


From Manhattan: enter from W 207th Street

From the Bronx: enter from West Fordham Road

Entering the Bronx: you can access the Major Deegan Expressway (87),

Walk across the University Heights Bridge!

According to Transportation Alternatives, this bridge is very popular with pedestrians, and the pavement is excellent. No stairs.

From Manhattan, enter at 207th Street and Ninth Avenue

From the Bronx, enter at Fordham Road and Sedgwick Avenue

Find out more about walking and cycling across the University Heights Bridge from Transportation Alternatives.


with a few select NYC garages.