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There are a fair few bridges in New York City, but this is perhaps the most famous one aside from the Brooklyn Bridge. It spans the East River and connects Lower Manhattan at Canal Street. The main span is 1,470 feet long, requiring some 30,000 tons of steel. The first girder was installed in February, 1909, but an upper deck roadway was installed in 1922, so it's undergone some changes since it was first built. Floodlights and barbed-wire fences were actually installed at the bases in 1951 to protect against potential sabotage efforts during wartime conditions. It opened on Dec 31, 1909. It was built by The Phoenix Bridge Company, and was designed by Leon Moisseiff. The Manhattan Bridge was also the last of the three bridges across the East River, and was named in 1902.

Additional changes had be made to accommodate frequent crossings by subway trains. By 1878, the bridge had deteriorated to the degree that the US Congress had to allocate funds to repair it, to the tune of $50 million in 1985. Things were so bad, however, that repairs and renovations had cost more than a half-billion dollars by 2001. Now, there are four vertical lanes on the upper level, with three Manhattan-bound lanes on the lower level. There are also four subway tracks, a walkway and a bikeway.

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