Several upper-level lanes in each direction of the George Washington Bridge will be closed for steel beam installation around the bridge’s New York tower beginning Friday, November 7. The beam installation is part of the ongoing bridge repainting project. Similar closures also were required to install beams on the bridge’s New Jersey tower at the start of the bridge’s repainting, which began in April 2002.
The following closures will be required to install the beams:
- Three upper-level lanes in each direction of the bridge will be closed during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
- A complete closure of the westbound upper level of the bridge will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, and from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. A complete closure also will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, November 14.
During scheduled construction times, motorists may encounter delays, as traffic will need to be stopped periodically on the upper level for approximately 20 minutes at a time. To avoid delays, motorists should consider using the bridge’s lower level or the Holland and Lincoln tunnels as alternate routes.
For more information, call 800 221-9903 on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to speak with a customer service representative. At other times, automated information is available. Information is also available on the Port Authority’s web site: www.panynj.gov.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.