George Washington Bridge

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George Washington Bridge
As seen from New Jersey
Other name(s) The GWB, The GW, & The George
Carries 14 lanes (8 upper level, 6 lower level) of I-95/US 1/US 9, people and bicycles
Crosses Hudson River
Locale Fort Lee, New Jersey and Manhattan in New York City
Maintained by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Designer Othmar Ammann, Cass Gilbert
Design Double-decked Suspension bridge
Material Steel
Total length 4,760 ft (1,450 m)[1]
Width 119 ft (36 m)[1]
Height 604 ft (184 m)[1]
Longest span 3,500 ft (1,100 m)[2]
Vertical clearance 14 ft (4.3 m) (upper level), 13.5 ft (4.1 m) (lower level)
Clearance below 212 ft (65 m) at mid-span[1]
AADT 289,329 (2008)[3]
Beginning date of construction October 1927
Opened October 24, 1931 (upper level)
August 29, 1962 (lower level)
Toll Eastbound only. Cars ($8 peak, $6 off-peak with E-ZPass)
$2 in a carpool with 3 people or more (EZ-Pass cars only)
Coordinates 40°51′06″N 73°57′09″W / 40.851589°N 73.952483°W / 40.851589; -73.952483 (George Washington Bridge)Coordinates: 40°51′06″N 73°57′09″W / 40.851589°N 73.952483°W / 40.851589; -73.952483 (George Washington Bridge)

The George Washington Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Hudson River, that connects part of New York City, New York to Fort Lee, New Jersey. It is 4,750 feet (1584 meters) long and was designed by Othmar H. Ammann. Building began on October 21 1927, and it was opened on October 25, 1931, at a cost of $59 million. [4] A second level was added below the main level and opened to traffic on August 29, 1962.[4]

The main span of the bridge is 3,500 ft (1,067 m) and it is 119 ft (36 m) wide.[4] It is suspended by four cables, each cable weighing 28,450 tons, and each is made from 26,474 individual wires. The total length of all the wire in the four cables is 107,000 mi (172,200 km).[4]

Ammann chose the site for the bridge because the river was narrower at this point. The banks on either side were high, which meant the bridge could be tall enough for ships to pass underneath, without having to build long rising bridge approaches.[4]

Aerial view showing situation atop Palisades Sill

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