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George Washington Bridge Rehabilitation Program

First opened in 1931, the George Washington Bridge (GWB) remains structurally sound and vital today due to the Port Authority’s commitment to ongoing maintenance and investment to address the wear-and-tear and renewal of this 85-year-old crossing. In 2015 alone, more than 50.5 million eastbound automobiles, buses, and trucks traveled across the bridge, making it the busiest bridge in the world.

The "Restoring the George" program comprises a $1.9 billion investment in 11 state of good repair projects that will maintain the structural health of the facility over the next decade for the millions of customers who use it every year.

To learn about the current week’s lane scheduled lane closures related to construction work, please visit our Weekly Traffic Advisory (www.panynj.gov/TrafficAdvisory). Or to be notified of incidents or events that may delay your trip across the bridge, register for George Washington Bridge alerts at www.PAalerts.com.

 

Rehabilitation of Lower Level Steel, Removal of Lead Paint, and Travelers Replacement – Contract 1

Scope

Priority structural repairs to the underside and lower level supporting steel, as well as lead paint removal, repainting, and replacing the movable maintenance platforms (travelers).

Benefits

These improvements will maintain the bridge in a state of good repair.

Timing

Underway through – 2017

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

Lower Level Eastbound Main Span and Approach Roads Pavement Rehabilitation

Scope

Pavement Rehabilitation of the Lower Level Eastbound Main Span and Approach Roads.

Benefits

This work will provide a smoother riding surface for motorists.

Timing

Underway through – 2016

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

Replacement of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Helix and Rehabilitation of Upper Level Spans Over Hudson Terrace and New Jersey Anchorage

Scope

  • Build a temporary detour roadway for the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP) ramp.
  • Demolish and reconstruct the existing PIP Ramp.
  • Remove the temporary detour roadway when the new ramp is completed.
  • Repair the deck and resurface the upper level approach spans over Hudson Terrace and the New Jersey anchorage.
  • Replace the deck for the westbound span over Hudson Terrace with pre-cast concrete deck panels.

Benefits

The new PIP Helix Ramp will improve roadway geometry and safety, meet modern seismic code, and provide new, smoother roadway surfaces on the upper level approach spans.

Timing

2016 – 2019

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

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Suspender Ropes Replacement and Rehabilitation of the Main Cables

Scope:

    • Replacement of all 592 suspender ropes and handrails, main cable rehabilitation, security enhancements, upper level sidewalk replacement, and new ADA access ramps at all 4 sidewalk approaches, including safety fencing along entire length of sidewalks.
    • Installation of state-of-the-art dehumidification systems for the main cables, as well as the anchorages, which will maintain a 40% humidity level in order to limit potential corrosion.
    • Installation of state-of-the-art acoustic monitoring system throughout the main cables in order to monitor number and location of potential wire breaks in the future and help track the condition of the main cables moving forward.
    • Replacement of existing standard LED necklace lighting with LED lighting with color changing capability.

Benefits

Replacing the suspender ropes, rehabilitating the main cables, and adding dehumidification systems to protect them from corrosion will extend the overall life of the GWB. Installation of safety fencing will provide an added measure of security on the approach ramps, and the on main spans sidewalks facing the river. Both north and south sidewalks will be ADA compliant, providing users with unencumbered and enhanced bicycle and pedestrian accessibility. When completed, both sidewalks will operate simultaneously. Pedestrians and those requiring ADA access will use the south sidewalk, and bicyclists will use the north sidewalk, improving the experience for each customer group.

Timing

2017 – 2024

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

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New Jersey ADA Access Approaches

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New York ADA Access Approaches

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Rehabilitation of Trans-Manhattan Expressway (TME) Median Barriers

Scope

Replace severely deteriorated median barriers with concrete modern shape barriers, and replace concrete encasement on the steel George Washington Bridge Bus Station columns.

Benefits

This project will address priority repairs and maintain a state of good repair.

Timing

2017 – 2019

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

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Rehabilitation of 178th Street & 179th Street Ramps

Scope

Deck replacement and seismic retrofit of 178th St & 179th Street ramps, bus ramps, and bus turnaround. Also, construction of new sidewalks from street level (Cabrini Boulevard) to the New York anchorage and priority superstructure and substructure repairs.

Benefits

This project will maintain a state of good repair on these ramps, replace access walkways and parapets with code compliant parapets, and install new ADA access approach ramps connecting to the main span sidewalks.

Timing

2017 – 2023

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

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New York ADA Access Approaches

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Main Span Upper Level Structural Steel Rehabilitation - Phase II

Scope

Replacement of roadway finger joints and 32 deck panels at the two towers.

Benefits

This project will maintain a state of good repair and reduce frequency of maintenance.

Timing

2018 – 2020

Board Authorization Status

Authorization pending

Upper Level Eastbound Main Span Pavement Rehabilitation

Scope

Pavement rehabilitation of upper level eastbound main span.

Benefits

This project will restore a smooth riding surface on the Upper Level Eastbound Main Span.

Timing

2017 – 2019

Board Authorization Status

Authorization pending

Rehabilitation of Center Avenue and Lemoine Avenue Bridges

Scope

Re-deck, seismically retrofit, and rehabilitate existing piers and abutments on both bridges. Replace concrete girders with steel girders on three spans of the Center Avenue Bridge.

Benefits

This project will maintain a state of good repair on these two bridges, improve turning movements at the entrance to Center Avenue bridge, and install code compliant curb cuts along the sidewalks of both bridges.

Timing

2017 – 2022

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

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Rehabilitation of Lower Level Steel, Removal of Lead Paint, and Travelers Replacement – Contract 2

Scope

Includes remaining structural repairs to the underside and lower level supporting steel, as well as removal of lead paint, repainting, and replacing the movable maintenance platforms (travelers).

Benefits

This project will address priority repairs, replace the travelers for ease of future inspections and maintenance, as well as maintain a state of good repair.

Timing

2019 –  2024

Board Authorization Status

Authorized

Rehabilitation of Trans-Manhattan Expressway (TME) Overpasses

Scope

Rehabilitation or replacement of components of the six bridges over the Trans-Manhattan Expressway (Fort Washington Avenue, Broadway, Wadsworth Avenue, St. Nicholas Avenue, Audubon Avenue, and Amsterdam Avenue)

Benefits

This project will maintain a state of good repair these bridges and reduce frequency of maintenance.

Timing

2019 – 2024

Board Authorization Status

Authorization pending

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