The George Washington Bridge known informally as the GWB , s a suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River, connecting the Washington Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee in New Jersey by means of Interstate 95, U.S. Route 1/9, U.S. Route 46.. The GWB is considered one of the world’s busiest bridges in terms of vehicle traffic careering over 107,912,000 vehicles in 2007, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey the bi-state government agency that owns and operates several area bridges, tunnels, and airports.
It is the primary way for people in Manhattan, New York to get to Fort Lee, New Jersey. It contains two levels an upper level with four lanes in each direction and a lower level with three lanes in each direction, for a total of 14 lanes of travel. Additionally, the bridge houses a path on each side of the bridge’s upper level for pedestrian traffic.
When it opened in 1931, the bridge had the longest main span in the world; at 1,067 m (3,500 ft).The Groundbreaking for the new bridge began in October 1927,initially named the “Hudson River Bridge,”. Later the bridge is named in honor of George Washington because the Bridge is near the sites of Fort Washington ,on the New York side and Fort Lee in New Jersey, which were fortified positions used by General Washington and his American forces in his unsuccessful attempt to deter the British occupation of New York City in 1776 during the American Revolutionary War.
The George Washington Bridge is popular among sightseers and commuters traveling by foot, bicycle, or roller skates. The South sidewalk is accessible by a long, steep ramp on the both sides of the bridge and is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, with a level surface from end to end. It makes an amazing walk with panoramic views .