The Outerbridge Crossing is a cantilever bridge which spans the Arthur Kill. The "Outerbridge", as it's commonly known, connects Perth Amboy, New Jersey with Staten Island, New York and carries NY-440 and NJ-440, each road ending at the respective state border.
The bridge was named for Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge, sometimes pronounced "ooterbridge," the first chairman of the then-Port of New York Authority and a resident of Staten Island. Rather than call it the "Outerbridge Bridge" the span was labeled a "crossing," but many New Yorkers and others mistakenly assume the name comes from the fact that it is the most remote bridge in New York City and the southernmost crossing in New York state.
Carries 4 lanes of NJ 440/NY 440
Crosses Arthur Kill
Locale Perth Amboy, New Jersey and southwestern Staten Island, New York
Design Steel Cantilever bridge
Longest span 750 feet (229 m)
Total length 10,140 feet (3,093 m)
Width 62 feet (18.9 m)
Vertical clearance 14 feet (4.3 m)
Clearance below 135 feet (41.1 m)
Opening date June 29, 1928
It is a steel cantilever construction, designed by John Alexander Low Waddell and built under the auspices of the Port of New York Authority, now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which currently operates it. It opened simultaneously with the Goethals Bridge on June 29, 1928. Both spans have similar designs. Neither bridge saw high traffic counts until the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964. Traffic counts on both bridges were also suppressed due to the effects of the Great Depression and World War II.