Press Release Article


Date: Apr 27, 2017
Press Release Number: 78-2017

Continuing its "Restoring the George" initiative, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners today authorized $124 million to rehabilitate steel and other structural elements of the George Washington Bridge’s upper level, near the span’s New York and New Jersey towers.

Work on this phase of the initiative is scheduled to begin in late 2018 and take five years, as one of 11 major capital improvement projects to ensure continuing structural strength of the world’s busiest bridge. The comprehensive $1.9 billion “Restoring the George" project is part of the board’s recently approved $32.2 billion, 10-year capital plan, which earmarks significant investment in Port Authority trans-Hudson assets.

The project approved today will replace steel finger joints --which allow the road surface to expand and contract with changing weather conditions -- with a more robust, state-of-the-art design. Supporting steel adjacent to the finger joints also will be replace, along with 32 deck panel sections.

The steel rehabilitation work will generate an estimated 840 jobs, $71 million in wages and $174 million in economic activity.

“Rehabilitating the George Washington Bridge is a prime example of the Port Authority’s renewed focus on its core transportation mission," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “This iconic bridge has served the region as a vehicular and economic link between the two states for more than 85 years and we will ensure it continues that role for generations to come."

“The George Washington Bridge was one of the 20th century’s most important transportation marvels and we are ensuring it continues serving the region throughout the 21st century," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “The work will help boost the region’s economy in the long run, while creating essential construction jobs in the short term."

The George Washington Bridge’s upper level deck was replaced in the 1970s. The finger joints were last rehabilitated in the mid-1980s and are nearing the end of their useful life. Replacement of the joints is one of the highest priorities in the “Restoring the George" program.

The five-year timeframe for the rehabilitation is necessary to minimize traffic impacts. It will require lane closures during off-peak and overnight hours, which must be coordinated with other “Restoring the George" projects.

For more information on the “Restoring the George" initiative, go to

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