The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its June 2010 meeting authorized a $199 million project for the rehabilitation of the George Washington Bridge's upper level structural steel deck to maintain the bridge in a state of good repair. This vital bistate crossing was used by 49 million vehicles in 2014.
The George Washington Bridge Upper Level Structural Steel Rehabilitation contract, awarded to American Bridge Company in December 2010 for $82 million, replaces 6-foot portions of the existing steel deck above every floor beam along the upper level roadway, and rehabilitation of the remaining deck area. Additionally, the contract provides for resurfacing of the westbound upper level roadway, upgrade and rehabilitation of roadway drainage system, and rehabilitation of the finger joints.
This project, which will extend the bridge’s roadway deck life by 15 to 20 years, was completed as of June 17, 2015.
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This project is expected to result in 320 direct job-years (both on-site and off-site) and direct payroll wages of $26 million. Including indirect and induced effects (purchases by both workers and suppliers to the project) the total economic activity impact amounts to 720 job-years, $45 million in wages and $203 million in economic activity.