Construction on Washington Heights Span Expected to Create GWB Traffic Woes

By Alan Neuhauser on July 16, 2012 10:13am 

A construction project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge is expected to cause major delays on the George Washington Bridge, the state's Department of Transportation said.
A construction project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge is expected to cause major delays on the George Washington Bridge, the state's Department of Transportation said.
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NEW YORK — New York-bound commuters planning to cross the George Washington Bridge can expect miles of congestion for the next six months, the state's Department of Transportation warned in a Monday morning transit alert.

A construction project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge has narrowed Bronx-bound lanes from two lanes to one. The closure is expected to create bottleneck traffic at the nearby George Washington Bridge.

The Alexander Hamilton Bridge Rehabilitation Project represents one of the largest single construction projects in the history of the state's DOT, according to the agency's website. The project, which includes replacing the bridge's concrete deck and retrofitting its steel arch span and support beams, began in the spring of 2009.

The latest phase began Saturday night.

It is the first time the bridge has undergone major repairs since it opened Jan. 15, 1963.

The project cost more than $400 million and is expected to be completed by the end of next year, the DOT says.

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