The George Washington Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the United States with a total length of 4,750 feet. It connects New Jersey and Manhattan and is responsible for transporting millions of people into and out of New York every year.
This bridge was designed by Othmar H. Ammann and the construction started on October 21, 1927. It took almost 4 years to get completed and the total cost of the project was $59 million.
Quick Facts: –
- This bridge has been declared as the most travelled bridge in the world by The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
- The deck of the bridge is suspended from cables composed of galvanized steel wire. Each wire has a diameter of 0.196 inches.
- The towers of the bridge are made of unadorned steel and rise 604 feet above the water.
- The George Washington Bridge held the title of the longest suspension bridge until 1937, and then it was surpassed by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
- There are two levels. The top level has eight lanes, and the bottom level has six lanes.
- The lower level of the bridge is also known as the Martha Washington Level. It was added in 1962.
- This bridge was declared as a national landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers on its fifteenth anniversary.
- There is a small picturesque lighthouse known as the Little Red Lighthouse near the east tower of the Bridge.