The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its June 2010 meeting authorized a $199 million project for the rehabilitation of the George Washington Bridge's upper level structural steel deck to maintain the bridge in a state of good repair. This vital bistate crossing was used by 49 million vehicles in 2012.
The George Washington Bridge Upper Level Structural Steel Rehabilitation contract, awarded to American Bridge Company in December 2010 for $87 million, replaces 6-foot portions of the existing steel deck above every floor beam along the upper level roadway, and rehabilitation of the remaining deck area. Additionally, the contract provides for resurfacing of the westbound upper level roadway, upgrade and rehabilitation of roadway drainage system, and rehabilitation of the finger joints.
Work is currently suspended on the project, and will resume in spring of 2015. Completion is forecast for 2015, and will extend the useful life of the structure by approximately 15-20 years.
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Currently, the contract is 85% complete with all supporting steel in place for the installation of the roadway deck panels. The next phase of deck panel installation requiring overnight three-lane upper level closures is anticipated to be complete by September 2014.
This project is expected to result in 320 direct job-years (both on-site and off-site) and direct payroll wages of $26 million. Including indirect and induced effects (purchases by both workers and suppliers to the project) the total economic activity impact amounts to 720 job-years, $45 million in wages and $203 million in economic activity.