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George Washington Bridge: maintaining world's busiest span

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The steel pate that was misaligned and backed up traffic on the George Washington Bridge Wednesday was repaired a day later. We should expect more maintenance during late night, because a five-year plan to replace the 80-year-old bridge's steel support cables is underway.

Overall how is the maintenance of the George Washington Bridge? A civil engineering professor from CUNY says for its age it is overall good.

Traffic on the George Washington Bridge was slow moving even at 2 p.m. Thursday because of sheer volume of vehicles. The George Washington is the busiest bridge in the world; more than 100 million vehicles crossing it so even a minor repair can cause traffic havoc.

There there is what happened in Fort Lee on September 8. The Port Authority blocked three lanes leading in the bridge backing up traffic for hours. No one knows the reason, but the inspector general for the Port Authority is investigating serious allegations of political retribution, that the democrat mayor of Fort Lee was punished because he did not support Republican Chris Christie's reelection.

Sources say Crews are working extra hard now so that the week before Super Bowl when traffic will be extra heavy, maintenance will be minimal.

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