Date: Oct 24, 2011
Press Release Number: 127-2011
World’s Busiest, One of the Most Iconic Bridges, Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
The George Washington Bridge – the world’s busiest crossing and one of its most recognizable – will celebrate its 80th anniversary on Tuesday, October 25.
The bridge, which is critical to regional mobility, economic vitality and job growth for the past 80 years, opened for use on October 25, 1931. To handle the region’s rapid growth, a second level was built below the bridge’s main deck in 1962.
Today, it serves more than 300,000 vehicles a day. In 2010, the bridge handled 102 million vehicles on its two levels, three toll plazas and 28 toll lanes.
To mark the occasion, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will fly the largest free-flying flag at the bridge’s New Jersey tower tomorrow, and at night, the bridge’s two towers will be illuminated. The agency also recognized the hallmark with a public presentation at its October 20 Board meeting. To learn more about the history of the bridge, visit http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/gwb-80.html.
The Port Authority has kept the bridge in a state of good repair and routinely invests millions to repair and replace the bridge’s deck, road surface and steel structure.
The George Washington Bridge is now the subject of a major marketing effort for the 2014 Super Bowl in New York and continues to serve numerous charitable functions including walks and bicycle events.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, 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.