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An estimated 12 percent of all international containers entering the United States pass under the bridge.The hyperbolic curve of the 325-foot-tall, 85-foot-wide steel arch runs 1,675 feet from shore to shore.The Kill Van Kull is among the key shipping channels in the third-busiest port on the East Coast, providing access for oceangoing container vessels to New Jersey’s Port Newark-Elizabeth and Staten Island’s Howland Hook marine terminals.Combined, the ports produce close to 270,000 direct and indirect jobs and nearly billion in annual wages.The New Jersey and Staten Island approach viaducts are supported by several dozen concrete arches and measure 3,010 and 2,010 feet respectively.The steel arch was the world’s longest of its kind from 1931 to 1977, and remained the world’s longest through arch bridge (where the deck is suspended below the arch) until 2003.

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The name “Kill Van Kull” has Dutch origins, dating back to New Amsterdam.

By the 1920s, the city was entering its greatest bridge-building period, which would last until the beginning of World War II (when a Bayonne facility on the Kill shore would house an Italian POW camp).