George Washington Bridge

The GEEE DOUBLE YOU

The GEEE DOUBLE YOU

I wanted to share with everyone something I experience everyday, the George Washington Bridge or as it is known around here, the Geee Double U. (Say it fast).  Without this wonderful bridge I could not live upstate and work in Manhattan. Well me and few million other people.

I found a little history on the GW:

 

 

 

The “Hudson River Bridge,” as the George Washington Bridge was called in the early days, was twice the length of any existing span, and it required an intricate system of access roads to handle large volumes of traffic.
The bridge’s two steel towers, embedded deep in rock and concrete, soar 604 feet into the sky, each as tall as some of Manhattan’s great skyscrapers. They contain more than 43,000 tons of steel. Rope cables were strung from anchorages on each shore and draped in an arc between towers, like a giant silver braid. When 36 of them had been placed, catwalks were erected to provide walking platforms.
Cable spinning required two spinning wheels on each side of the river that traveled back and forth to create strands about the diameter of a pencil. The strands were spun into four great cables, each a yard in diameter. Steel suspender ropes were then hung from the cables, each containing some 107,000 miles of wire.
Within this silver web, steel sections were put in place to form the roadway, which progressed from each shore until the last section joined the other in the middle. Finally, the concrete was poured, the lanes were laid down, and the bridge was painted.

Heading home.

Heading home

 

 After reading this post, some of you are probably franticly trying to figure out how you too can experience crossing this steel work of art. One might be inclined to hop on a plane, fly out of San Diego International, sit on a plane for 5 hours, land in JFK, hop into a waiting cab and demand to be taken to New Jersey via the Gee Double You. “Take me to Fort Lee New Jersey on the double!!”  you would shout in joyful glee to the friendly cabbie that smells like cury. No need my dear readers. I have a video in my possesion that will allow you to experience twhat only a select few million of us get to share. A video of me crossing the Hudson on the lower level early in the morning on my way to work. Why the lower level? The upper level backs up alot more than the lower level, plus less of a merge getting onto the FDR drive, but that is a whole other post. The video is a little shaky in the beginning..than stabilizes. Filming, shifting gears, watching for traffic, keeping the camera steady..a talent than can not be taught my friends, one must be born with it. 

  

 

 

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2 Comments on “George Washington Bridge”

  1. Jay says:

    People dig these kinds of vids. Keep ’em coming. Some of the city streets would be fun. I’m sure you would get a lot of view on them.

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