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R-42 no. 4709 leads a J train across the Williamsburg Bridge in July 2008. Photo by John Barnes.

BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line
Williamsburg Bridge · Metropolitan Avenue · Queens Boulevard · Sutphin Boulevard · 160th Street · 168th Street

Leaving Essex Street we approach the Williamsburg Bridge which has two tracks in the center of the bridge. The bridge opened to elevated train and streetcar traffic in 1909. According to city engineers the bridge really three bridges in one: the bridge to Manhattan, the transit structure, and the bridge to Brooklyn. A new walkway, ADA compliant, is being installed. At the Brooklyn side, there is a long viaduct with S-curve into the Marcy Ave. station. Before arriving at Marcy, there is steelwork for the long-demolished Broadway Ferry spur. A tower is also at this location. Between May 1, 1999 and September 5, 1999, the bridge was closed to subway trains while the transit structure was demolished and totally rebuilt.


The Bridge Builder's Triumph (Williamsburg Bridge) (1902). A 1902 article about the construction of the Williamsburg Bridge, which would become a vital rapid transit link between Manhattan and Brooklyn, carrying both streetcars and subway trains.

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