The Throgs Neck Bridge, which was opened in 1961, is a suspension bridge that links Queens and Long Island to the Bronx and the U.S. mainland via Interstate 295, spanning the East River where it meets Long Island Sound. More than 100,000 vehicles, on average cross the bridge each day.
Metropolitan Transit Authority Commissioner Robert Moses spearheaded the drive to build the Throgs Neck Bridge. He hired renowned New York City bridge designer Othmar Ammann, who had also designed the George Washington Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Triborough Bridge.
Toll booths on the north side of the bridge offer New York State E-ZPass and cash lanes. All northbound and southbound drivers must pay the tolls.
The bridge is owned by New York City and maintained and operated by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, an agency of the MTA.
Name and Location
Throgs Neck refers to the bridge's Bronx connection at the Throgs Neck Peninsula and the adjoining Throgs Neck neighborhood. The spelling originally was Throggs Neck, with two "g's." New York City now spells the peninsula and the neighborhood with one "g," to the irritation of some longtime residents. Moses shortened the name to Throgs Neck. The name is derived from that of John Throgmorton, an English immigrant who settled the area in the 1600s. Contrary to some speculation, the name does not refer to the shape of the peninsula.
On the Queens side, Little Neck Bay Park is underneath the bridge and the adjoining neighborhood is the Bay Terrace section of Bayside. Nearby is historic Fort Totten Park, where visitors can enjoy stunning views of the bridge.
Connecting Highways and the Throgs Neck Bridge
The Throgs Neck Bridge is the easternmost bridge connecting Long Island to the mainland. Two miles to the west is the Whitestone Bridge (officially the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge). Traffic conditions tend to favor the Throgs Neck, but a wise driver checks traffic before plotting a course over these bridges. Travelers headed to John F. Kennedy International Airport are more likely to find the Throgs Neck and Cross Island Parkway the better bet. There is no direct connection from the Throgs Neck to the westbound portion of the Cross Island.
On the Queens side, the bridge connects to the Clearview Parkway (south) and the Cross Island Parkway (south). North in the Bronx, the Throgs Neck Bridge provides easy access to I-95 -- the New England Thruway and Cross Bronx Expressway -- as well as the Bruckner Expressway via the Cross Bronx Expressway. The Cross Bronx leads to the George Washington Bridge and New Jersey.
There is no regular public bus over the Throgs Neck Bridge. To the west, the Q44 and Q50 buses connect Queens and the Bronx over the Whitestone Bridge.
There is no pedestrian pathway on the Throgs Neck Bridge, nor is there any bicycle access. There is also none on the Whitestone Bridge. The closest bridge with pedestrian access is the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly known as the Triborough Bridge).