Opened in 1961 the Throgs Neck Bridge is a suspension bridge that links Queens to the Bronx, via I-295, spanning the East River. The bridge links Long Island (Queens) to the mainland (the Bronx). More than a 100,000 vehicles on average cross the bridge each day.
MTA Commissioner Robert Moses spearheaded the drive to build the Throgs Neck Bridge. He hired bridge designer Othmar Ammann who had also designed the George Washington Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Triborough Bridge.
There are toll booths on the north side of the bridge, offering New York State E-ZPass and cash lanes. Northbound and southbound traffic has to pay the tolls ($6.50 one direction for a regular car as of 2013).
The bridge is owned by New York City and maintained and operated by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, an agency of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
The Name of the Throgs Neck Bridge and Its Location
Throgs Neck refers to the bridge's Bronx connection at the Throggs Neck Peninsula and the adjoining Throggs Neck neighborhood. The spelling is Throggs Neck has two Gs, unlike the bridge. Robert Moses shortened the name to Throgs Neck. The name originated with John Throckmorton, 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 Tottten Park, where visitors can enjoy stunning views of the bridge.
Connecting Highways and the Throgs Neck Bridge
On the Queens, the bridge connects to the Clearview Parkway (south) and the Cross Island Parkway (south).
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 JFK 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 west-bound portion of the Cross Island.
North in the Bronx, the Throgs Neck provides easy access to the 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. There is no bicycle access either. (Nor is there on the Whitestone Bridge.) The closest bridge with pedestrian access is the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly known as the Triborough Bridge).