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George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge
General view looking towards Manhattan and slightly upstream 
(HAER, NY,31-NEYO,161-1)

General Information

Structural Type: Suspension bridge
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Other name(s): GWB
Built: 1927 - 1931
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA, North America
Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, North America
Crosses
  • Hudson River
Coordinates: 40° 51' 13.75" N    73° 57' 50.38" W
Coordinates: 40° 50' 57.56" N    73° 56' 27.30" W

Technical Information

Dimensions

main span 1067 m
length of side spans 186 m
total length 1 450 m
deck deck depth 8.8 m
deck width 36.3 m
tower height 183 m

Materials

cables steel
towers steel
deck truss steel

Chronology

1932

5.5 Million vehicles use the bridge in that year.

1958
- 1962

A second deck, already included in the original design, is built.

1962

20 Million vehicles use the bridge in that year.

1965

A private airplane hits the bridge. Pilot and bridge remain undamaged.

1978
- 1979

Upper deck reinforced concrete roadway replaced by orthotropic steel deck.

Participants

Original design
Architecture
Consulting engineers
Contractor
Cables
Rehabilitation
Design
Structural engineering
Engineering

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Internal Information
Structure-ID: s0000032
Created: 28/10/1998
Last Updated: 28/07/2014