As part of its ongoing effort to replace critical steel deck panels, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced it will close three of four lanes in each direction on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge beginning Saturday night, December 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
In addition, three westbound lanes on the upper level will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5a.m. on Sunday night.
Truckers traveling across the Hudson River in either direction during that time should consider alternate routes such as the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel, though please note each tunnel's vehicular height limit of 13 feet and 12 feet, six inches, respectively.
Please note as well that trucks are not permitted to use the lower level of the George Washington Bridge.
Truckers should expect significant delays overnight and in the early morning hours while construction is ongoing.
Port Authority engineers say that work performed during the weekend closure should significantly minimize the chance of another emergency closure during the holidays.
The current project to replace the upper level steel deck is more than 85 percent complete. However, winter weather conditions have contributed to three emergency closures in the past month, resulting from cracks in support beams. At the conclusion of this weekend's work, crews will have placed approximately 570 of the 632 steel deck panels that are being replaced on the bridge as part of a state of good repair project.
Work on the decks is scheduled to suspend during the holidays and will resume in early January. The project is scheduled to be completed in March.
To learn more about the upper-level deck replacement project, visit www.panynj.gov/gwbsteel.
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has awarded awarded a 40-year design-build-finance-maintain contract to NYNJ Link Partnership as part of a $1.5 billion public-private partnership (PPP) to replace the current Goethals Bridge with a new state-of-the-art cable-stayed span. This will be the first bridge the Port Authority's built since 1931 when the George Washington Bridge opened to vehicular traffic. The project also marks the first true surface transportation public-private partnership in the Northeast.
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