Date: May 06, 2011
Press Release Number: 24-2011
On Sunday morning, May 8, the westbound span of the George Washington Bridge’s lower level will be the starting point for the Gran Fondo New York Bicycle Race, resulting in the rerouting of some bridge traffic between 1 a.m. and approximately 9 a.m.
Approximately two thousand bicyclists will compete in a 106-mile race taking them to Bear Mountain in New York State, where they will turn around and finish at the Palisades Interstate Parkway’s Ross Dock.
Bridge staff will start closure of the lower-level’s westbound span at 1 a.m. to prepare for the race. One lane of the lower-level’s eastbound span also will be closed for safety reasons. Detour signs will redirect traffic to the appropriate alternatives. The lower-level westbound roadway is anticipated to reopen at 8:30, followed with the rest of the ramp/roadway closures being re-opened shortly thereafter.
At the completion of the race, some participants will be using the bridge’s south walkway to return to New York City. They are advised to use caution and always give pedestrians the right of way.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Sara Beth Joren, 212 435 7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is self-sufficient and receives no tax revenues from either state.