Facts & Info

photo of George Washington Bridge photographed from underneath, looking up

Opened to traffic
Upper level: October 25, 1931
Lower level: August 29, 1962

Bus Station opened: January 17, 1963

Length of bridge between anchorages: 4,760 feet
Width of bridge: 119 feet
Width of roadway: 90 feet
Height of tower above water: 604 feet
Water clearance at midspan: 212 feet

Number of toll lanes:
Upper level: 12
Lower level: 10  (E-ZPass ONLY overnight)
Palisades Interstate Parkway: 7 (E-ZPass ONLY overnight)

Traffic & Volume Information

George Washington Bridge American Flag Flying &
Tower Lighting Schedule

The George Washington Bridge is home to the world’s largest free-flying American flag, which is flown from 7:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. on the following days:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • September 11
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day

George Washington Bridge Tower Lighting, which accompanies the flying of the flag, has been suspended until mid-2019 to allow for bridge electrical improvement work. We regret any inconvenience.

In the event inclement weather or other events prevent the flag from being flown, both a Bridge & Tunnel Alert and a tweet will be issued.


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