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Port Authority Authorizes ‘Restoring the George’ Projects, Part of 10- Year GWB Rehab for the World’

Tuesday, March 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Ensuring the safety and reliability of the George Washington Bridge well into the future, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners acted on two major rehabilitation projects within a larger, 10-year investment program called “Restoring the George,” for the world’s busiest bridge. The board approved a contract with Judlau Contractors, Inc. for 67.5 million to replace the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP) Helix in Fort Lee, as well as rehabilitate the bridge’s New Jersey approach spans that pass over the Hudson Terrace and the New Jersey Anchorage. Construction is expected to take place the second quarter of 2016 through the fourth quarter of 2019. The project is expected to generate 530 job-years, $35 million in wages, and $149 million in economic activity. Also, the board authorized a $90.9 million project to rehabilitate the Center Avenue and Lemoine Avenue bridges in Fort Lee, which pass over approach roadways to the George Washington Bride. Construction is expected to run from the fourth quarter of 2017 through the second quarter of 2022, and to generate 440 job-years, $30 million in wages, and $142 million in economic activity.  The George Washington Bridge carried more than 50.5 million eastbound automobiles, buses and trucks in 2015. First opened in 193`, the bridge remains structurally sound and vital today due to ongoing maintenance and investment to address the wear-and-tear and renewal of an 85-year-old asset. “Restoring the George” is a program of 11 state-of-good-repair projects that will invest $1.9 billion in the crossing’s structural health over the next decade. These projects are included in the Port Authority’s 10-year capital plan. Their construction will generate a total of 11,190 job-years, $768 million in direct wages, and $3.3 billion in economic activity through 2024.

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