Press Release Article


Date: Aug 09, 2013
Press Release Number: 80-2013

Deck rehabilitation work switches to the eastbound direction this coming week;

Cars will be directed to the bridge’s lower-level lanes to mitigate traffic impact

Three of four eastbound upper-level lanes on the George Washington Bridge will be closed during the overnight hours next week, beginning Monday, August 12, to accommodate an ongoing project to upgrade the bridge’s steel deck.

The lanes will be closed Monday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and from midnight to 8 a.m. Friday into Saturday. There will be no lane closings on Saturday or Sunday nights. Routine maintenance work will also be ongoing at the bridge, with minimal impacts to the traveling public.

Cars traveling eastbound over the bridge will be redirected to the bridge’s lower-level lanes to mitigate traffic. During these hours, cash lanes on the bridges lower level will be staffed to accommodate drivers without E-ZPass. Trucks will be required to use the upper level.

To avoid delays, travelers should also consider alternate routes and plan for additional travel time.

For up to the minute traffic and delay information, we urge customers to sign up for Port Authority e-alerts at Travelers also can call 511 or visit or for further information.

The bridge project provides for the rehabilitation of the structural steel on the upper-level roadway deck and support structure to maintain it in a state of good repair. The work involves replacing six-foot sections of deck adjacent to the deck joints with a modified deck system that will extend the bridge deck’s life by 15 to 20 years. The existing steel deck was installed in 1978. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of this year.

Work will shift between the eastbound and westbound directions throughout the duration of the project. Visit to view the current construction schedule and learn more about the project.

CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777

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