Press Release Article


Date: Dec 19, 2013
Press Release Number: 143-2013

Drivers should seek alternate routes where possible

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will close three of the four upper level lanes of the George Washington Bridge in both directions beginning Saturday night, December 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The closure will allow contractors to replace critical steel deck panels on the current deck, significantly minimizing the chances of another emergency closure of the bridge during the holidays. Motorists traveling across the Hudson River in either direction during that time should consider alternate routes such as the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel, or use the lower level of the George Washington Bridge. Significant delays are expected overnight and in the early morning.

The current project to replace the upper level steel deck is more than 85 percent complete. However, winter weather conditions have contributed to three emergency closures in the past month, resulting from cracks in support beams. Port Authority engineers therefore have recommended that contractors work Saturday night to complete the replacement of the remaining critical sections of steel deck panels prior to the suspension of work during the holidays. Regularly scheduled work will resume in early January, and the project is scheduled to be completed in March. At the conclusion of this weekend’s work, crews will have placed approximately 570 of the 632 steel deck panels that are being replaced on the bridge as part of a state of good repair project.

To learn more about the upper-level deck replacement project, visit For up-to-the-minute traffic updates at all Port Authority crossings, motorists are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at

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