Date: Aug 08, 2012
Press Release Number: 116-2012
Several approach roads to the George Washington Bridge, including the Palisades Interstate Parkway (southbound from exit 18 to the toll plaza) and some local access routes including Martha Washington Way, Hudson Terrace and various other Fort Lee streets, will be closed on Saturday, August 11, to accommodate the Ironman U.S. Championship. The approach road closings will be in effect from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Both the upper and lower levels of the George Washington Bridge and the pedestrian walkway will remain open; however, the approach road closures may cause delays on the bridge and other approach routes. Drivers should plan ahead and check www.511ny.org or www.511nj.org for up-to-the-minute traffic updates.
This is the first Ironman U.S. Championship to be held in the New York City metropolitan area. Approximately 2,500 participants will compete in three separate events, which consist of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.
Chris Valens, 212-435-7777
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.