Wards Island Bridge

Wards Island Bridge

The Wards Island Bridge is actually a footbridge for pedestrian and bicycle access that connects the East Side of Manhattan with Wards Island and Randalls Island.  No automobiles.

You can use the Wards Island Bridge only during daylight hours from April to October. The bridge is just 11 feet wide and was built in 1951. Ramps link it to the East River Greenway from the FDR Drive, and it provides access to Ward’s and Randall’s Islands’ recreational and athletic facilities — including the 68-acre Wards Island Park. If you want to get to Wards or Randalls Island during fall and winter, use the Triborough  Bridge / Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

Wards Island Bridge

The Wards Island Bridge is scheduled to undergo reconstruction between May 2010 and April 2012, which will include replacement of the walkway deck, steel superstructure, and electrical and mechanical control systems.

Some key facts about the Wards Island Bridge:

  • Vertical Lift bridge with 12 spans
  • Total length: 1,247 ft
  • Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

TOLLS: No toll in either direction


Walk across the Broadway Bridge Bridge!

According to Transportation Alternatives, this bridge is open to bicycles and pedestrians from 6am – 8pm, April through October.

From Manhattan, enter at 103rd Street and East River Promenade

Find out more about walking and cycling across the Wards Island Bridge from Transportation Alternatives.


with a few select NYC garages.