Facts & Info

photo of George Washington Bridge photographed from underneath, looking up

Opened to traffic
Upper level: October 25, 1931
Lower level: August 29, 1962

Bus Station opened: January 17, 1963

Length of bridge between anchorages: 4,760 feet
Width of bridge: 119 feet
Width of roadway: 90 feet
Height of tower above water: 604 feet
Water clearance at midspan: 212 feet

Number of toll lanes:
Upper level: 12
Lower level: 10  (E-ZPass ONLY overnight)
Palisades Interstate Parkway: 7 (E-ZPass ONLY overnight)

Traffic & Volume Information

George Washington Bridge Cable Lighting Schedule

The north side necklace lighting along the main cable of the George Washington Bridge has been taken out of service until early 2022. At that time, work will switch to the south side of the bridge, resulting in that lighting being taken out of service. This work is part of the Restoring the George Program. We regret any inconvenience.

George Washington Bridge American Flag Flying &
Tower Lighting Schedule

The George Washington Bridge is home to the world’s largest free-flying American flag, which is flown from 7:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. on the following days*:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • September 11
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day

*George Washington Bridge Tower Lighting, which accompanies the flying of the flag, has been suspended until December 2019 to allow for bridge electrical improvement work. We regret any inconvenience.

In the event inclement weather or other events prevent the flag from being flown, both a Bridge & Tunnel Alert and a tweet will be issued.


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