When Debbie, Candee and I went to Cape Cod, we crossed a really big bridge. The George Washington Bridge took us across the Hudson River from New Jersey to Manhattan and was very busy and full of lots of cars and other vehicles. Candee was driving and I was very proud of her driving skills in all that traffic!


One of the largest New York City Bridges!

The George Washington Bridge is a suspension bridge which spans the Hudson River to connect part of Manhattan to New Jersey. The main span of the bridge is 3,500 feet (1,100 m), and the total length of the bridge is 4,760 feet (1,450 m). According to Wikipedia, in 2007 the George Washington Bridge had the largest vehicular capacity of any bridge in the world. There were approximately 106 million vehicles that crossed it that year.

There are two levels to the bridge. The upper level has 4 lanes of travel in each direction, and the lower level has three lanes of travel in each direction. In addition to that, the upper level also has a path on each side, upon which bicycles, pedestrians, and even roller skaters can cross. It’s the world’s only 14-lane suspension bridge, providing eight lanes on the upper level and six on the lower deck.

Groundbreaking for the bridge was in 1927, and the bridge was dedicated and opened to traffic in 1931. Originally it was named the Hudson River Bridge, but it was later changed to the present name in honor of George Washington.


The George Washington Bridge has several nicknames, which include GW Bridge, GWB, GW, and George.

We're still not at the other end!

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4 Responses to “Polly #2 Crossed A Big Bridge”

  1. I’ve been over the George Washington bridge…and it was then that I learned the true definition of “bumper to bumper traffic”! It looks like the traffic was light the day you crossed the GWB. Lucky!

  2. That bridge is looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong!

  3. Al,

    You’re right about that! The bridge really was looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong!!!!

  4. That bridge is super looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong!