Port Authority to Start $1B Project to Overhaul George Washington Bridge

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is starting a $1 billion project next year to overhaul the George Washington Bridge.

The Record reports the eight-year project will replace each of the span's 592 original suspender ropes and rehabilitate the 85-year-old bridge's four main cables.

Bridge Manager Robert Durando says the agency's priority during construction is to protect rush hour and local traffic within Fort Lee. He says the work will probably require the closure of one lane after the morning rush hour.

The Port Authority also warned drivers that the bridge's lower-level eastbound lanes will continue to close during overnight hours next week for pavement work. And the bridge's entire lower level will close late Saturday night to Sunday morning for a bike race.

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