Thursday, October 16, 2008

Random Fact of the Day: The Outerbridge Crossing

Many New York and New Jersey residents have heard of the Outerbridge Crossing - a road the connects Perth Amboy to Staten Island. What many people don't know is how this bridge got its name.

Many assume that its because it is a remote bridge, or something to that effect.

No, in fact it was named after the first head of the New York Port Authority Mr. Eugenious Henry Outerbridge. They realised that calling it the Outerbridge Bridge would be a bit daft, so instead it became the Outerbridge Crossing.

Tolls are collected in the eastbound direction only. The cash toll is $8 for passenger vehicles. EZ Pass users only pay $6 during off-peak hours.

The Outerbridge Crossing carried 32,438,000 vehicles (both directions) in 2006, or approximately 90,000 each day.

1 comment:

Siobhan said...

When I learned that Outerbridge was a dude not a geographic designation, it totally blew my mind, no lie. The architectural historian I was working with took a while to convince me.