George Washington Bridge on Acrylic Fridge Magnet
Displayed on the lovely acrylic fridge magnet above is a view of the famous George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. Known as the GWB, the George, GWB and GW Bridge, this bridge is a type of a suspension bridge constructed over the Hudson River. It links the Washington Heights area in Manhattan, New York with Fort Lee in Bergen County in New Jersey. Being one of the prominent highlights of New Jersey, this bridge is a favorite amongst inhabitants of the state as well as the tourists visiting it.
History and Construction of the GWB
The establishment project of the GWB began in October 1927 when Othmar Ammann's design for the bridge was approved in 1923. His design was innovative as well as bold and required a meticulous task force. The two levels of the bridge were constructed first followed by the installation of the cables. After that, suspenders made of strong steel were added to the cables to strengthen the roads. Then, the workers began working on the road. Cables on the New Jersey side are tied with the Palisades rock in front of the Hudson River. The bridge was opened to the public for the first time during 1931. By the end of 1932, over 5.5 million vehicles were using the bridge for travelling from New York to New Jersey and vice versa.
More Info on the Bridge
The GWB has two levels: an upper level with four separate lanes moving in each direction and a level below it that consists of three separate lanes. A special path is made on the upper level for pedestrians and travelers on bicycles. The bridge is often jam-packed with traffic especially during heavy traffic hours in the noon and evening. In 2007, the GW Bridge was regarded as the 'bridge with the highest capacity of carrying vehicles.' During that time, around 106 million vehicles of different kinds used to travel via the George Washington Bridge.