Press Release Article


Date: Jun 17, 2015
Press Release Number: 85-2015

Major nightly bridge lane closings are over

The Port Authority announced today that a major project to replace the steel deck panels on the George Washington Bridge's upper level - which required major nightly closings of three upper-level bridge lanes - has been completed.

The major, $82 million state-of-good-repair project involved the replacement of 362, 6-foot sections of upper-level steel deck panels and support structure on the bridge that will extend the bridge’s roadway deck life by 15 to 20 years. The steel deck that was just replaced was installed in 1978. Additionally, the project provided for the resurfacing of the westbound upper-level roadway, upgrading and rehabilitation of the roadway drainage system and rehabilitation of the finger joints.

Work on the project, which began in 2012, required the overnight closing of three of four lanes on either the westbound or eastbound sides of the crossing to accommodate the steel panel installation.

The George Washington Bridge - the world's busiest crossing - accommodates approximately 300,000 vehicles each day.

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