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Port authority announces largest rehabilitation program in the history of the george washington brid

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Work is Projected to Create Over 2,000 Jobs and $704 Million in Economic Activity

 

"The Port Authority today announced what will be a nearly half a billion dollar program to rehabilitate the George Washington Bridge. The program represents the largest rehabilitation to date on the 80-year-old crossing, and is made possible by the toll increase authorized by the Port Authority in August 2011. The bridge opened in 1931 and a second level was built below the main deck in 1962 to handle the region’s rapid growth.

 

The agency’s Board of Commissioners has taken action to facilitate the intensive bridge rehabilitation program. The Board’s actions included a project to rehabilitate the 178th and 179th Street and bus ramps, planning work for the rehabilitation of the Center Avenue and Lemoine Avenue bridges, and planning for rehabilitation work on the bridge’s lower level. The investments approved today cost an estimated $230 million; ultimately, the three projects are estimated to cost between $460 and $480 million.

 

In addition to these projects, the Board authorized a $20 million planning project in December 2011 to replace the George Washington Bridge’s steel suspender ropes. That project is anticipated to cost between $1 and $1.2 billion and is projected to generate nearly 4,000 jobs and more than one billion in economic activity."

 

For Rest of Press Statement Press Release Article - Port Authority of NY & NJ

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I just hope they finish one project before starting a new one. They are already rebuilding the on/off ramps from the GWB to the Deegan. Traffic is already bad enough without them starting something on the Jersey side.

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