Traffic Running Smoothly After George Washington Bridge Repairs Cause Gridlock

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    Traffic is moving smoothly over the George Washington Bridge Thursday morning after emergency repairs shut down several upper-level lanes Wednesday evening, turning highways in Manhattan and the Bronx into virtual parking lots for hours. 

    Backups of several miles causing hours-long delays could be seen from Chopper 4 during Wednesday evening's rush. Traffic was jammed through I-95, the West Side Highway, Major Deegan Expressway and Harlem River Drive as a result of the closures. All lanes reopened at 5 a.m. Thursday.

    Mike McGraw, a motorist who visited New York City Wednesday, said it took an hour for him to go two blocks. Steve Burman also sat in traffic for more than an hour in Washington Heights as he tried to get home to New Jersey. 

    "I told my wife to have breakfast ready in the morning," he joked. 

    Michael George contributed to this report. 

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