|Bridge Name:||Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge|
|Official Name:||Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge|
|Locale:||Brooklyn and Queens, New York City|
|Carries:||Motor vehicles and pedestrians|
|Maint:||MTA Bridges and Tunnels|
|Open:||July 3, 1937|
|Clearance:||13 feet (3.9 m)|
|Below:||55 feet (17 m) at mean high water; 150 feet (46 m) in raised position|
|Mainspan:||540 feet (165 m)|
|Length:||4,022 feet (1,226 m)|
|Toll:||$2.50 (both directions per car in cash); discount available with E-ZPass|
The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge in New York City (originally Marine Parkway Bridge) is a vertical lift bridge that crosses Rockaway Inlet and connects the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, with Marine Parkway to Floyd Bennett Field, Flatbush Avenue, and the Marine Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. Opened on July 3, 1937, it carries four motor traffic lanes, and a footpath on the western edge. Cyclepaths along both sides of the Parkway connect to the Shore Parkway Greenway and to Flatbush Avenue. The operation of this bridge includes the maintenance of the Marine Parkway from the toll plaza to Jacob Riis Park. Though a city-owned and operated bridge, it connects two parts of Gateway National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park System: Floyd Bennett Field and Jacob Riis Park. The bridge is designated New York State Reference Route 901B.
As of September 15, 2008, the crossing charge for a two-axle passenger vehicle is $2.50, with a $0.95 discount for E-ZPass users. The crossing charge for a motorcycle is $2.25 charged in each direction, with a $0.96 discount for E-ZPass users. Certain resident discounts apply to this bridge.
Built and opened by the Marine Parkway Authority in 1937, it was the longest vertical lift span in the world for automobiles. The curled tops of the towers were designed to give the bridge a whimsical aspect. Following the 1940 merger of the Marine Parkway Authority and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, the operation of the bridge fell to TBTA.
In 1978, the bridge was renamed for Gil Hodges, the former first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hodges kept a residence in Brooklyn after his team moved to Los Angeles. He also played for the New York Mets at the end of his career, and managed the Mets from 1968 until his death in 1972, including victory in the 1969 World Series.
In 1999 the following elements of the bridge were renovated: