Monday, January 20, 2014
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
We’ve read a lot about the George Washington Bridge in recent weeks. And the scandal over who ordered closure of approach lanes from Ft. Lee, N.J. only underscores how crucial this bridge is to the entire region. All of which got me thinking about the GWB and its history.
Surprisingly, the George Washington Bridge was not the first bridge design to cross the Hudson River. As early as 1885 there were discussions of building a suspension bridge to bring the Pennsylvania Railroad into Manhattan at about 23rd Street.
But it was in 1927 that work began on the George Washington Bridge much farther uptown at 179th Street. The $75 million single-level bridge carrying six lanes of traffic opened in 1931 and was widened by two lanes in 1946.
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