The George Washington Bridge is an iconic landmark because of its huge skeletal towers. The design originally called for the towers to have a granite facade, but this was eventually abandoned, perhaps because the bridge was built during the Great Depression. When it was completed in 1931, it doubled the record for the longest suspension bridge with a main span of 3500 ft and with towers that were 650 ft tall. The Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883 with a main span of 1600 ft and 280 ft towers. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was built in 1998 with a main span of 6500 ft and 930 ft towers.
The George Washington Bridge is owned by the Port Authority of New York, designed by Othmar H. Ammann, and with architectural support from Cass Gilbert. The bridge originally had six vehicle lanes and sidewalks. In 1946 two additional lanes were added in the middle of the deck. A lower deck was added in 1962, which gave the bridge a total of fourteen lanes (the most on any bridge) and allowing it to carry about 300,000 vehicles a day.
New York City's Bridges: George Washington Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.