Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Now 80, George Washington Will Soon Undergo The Bridge Equivalent Of Hip Replacement

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:45 PM
Original message
Now 80, George Washington Will Soon Undergo The Bridge Equivalent Of Hip Replacement
Source: NYT

The George Washington Bridge is a cathedral of steel cables and beams, a stark, glimmering span that has become a civil engineering landmark, not to mention the busiest vehicular bridge in the world.

But now, at 80, it is in need of a thorough overhaul.

On Thursday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jerseys board authorized $15.5 million for repairs, part of the more than $1 billion that the project will eventually cost; agency officials want to clean the bridges four main cables and also replace, for the first time, all of the 592 vertical suspender ropes that hold up the roadway.

The overhaul is long overdue, Port Authority officials said; comparable bridges normally have their wires replaced after 70 years or so. It is also a fairly involved process: No more than three of the suspender ropes each one is made up of 283 wires, according to the Port Authority that stretch from the bridges main cables to the roadway can be replaced at the same time, as removing more than that could destabilize the span.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/nyregion/george-washi...
Refresh | 0 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:53 PM
Response to Original message
1. The 1% will not approve. nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:56 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. neither will Mitch McConnell
Edited on Thu Dec-08-11 07:56 PM by alp227
you can only imagine him thinking in his Roy Orbison voice: "OH MY GOSH! People are WORKING? NO! Obama is going to be re-elected!"
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:02 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. Nor will their chauffeurs, stuck in bridge work delays.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:18 PM
Response to Original message
4. while we're at it, how about repairing those underpasses on the way to the GW Bridge
Coming from the south, those underpasses look like they'll give any moment. :scared:
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:29 PM
Response to Reply #4
10. Everything in NYC looks like it will give at any moment...
Have you ever taken the subway and looked up inside the stations? Scary.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Johnny Noshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 09:49 PM
Response to Original message
5. From Wikipedia....
The original design for the towers of the bridge called for them to be encased in concrete and granite. However, because of cost considerations during the Great Depression and favorable aesthetic critiques of the bare steel towers, this was never done. The exposed steel towers, with their distinctive criss-crossed bracing, have become one of the bridge's most identifiable characteristics. Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) said of the unadorned steel structure:

"The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson is the most beautiful bridge in the world. Made of cables and steel beams, it gleams in the sky like a reversed arch. It is blessed. It is the only seat of grace in the disordered city. It is painted an aluminum color and, between water and sky, you see nothing but the bent cord supported by two steel towers. When your car moves up the ramp the two towers rise so high that it brings you happiness; their structure is so pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh. The car reaches an unexpectedly wide apron; the second tower is very far away; innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky, are suspended from the magisterial curve which swings down and then up. The rose-colored towers of New York appear, a vision whose harshness is mitigated by distance." (When the Cathedrals were White<18>)

Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 08:57 AM
Response to Original message
6. While they're at it, could they please do something about the
signage. Thank the gods that I lived in northern New Jersey for over 30 years and know the GW Bridge and its approaches pretty well so that when I go back for visits, I don't have a problem. But, if you're not from the area, you are going to get lost.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Evasporque Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 09:44 AM
Response to Original message
7. Hmmm Depression era infrastructure project...I wonder how many jobs that created...?
I think a good analog for modern times would be high speed rail....

oh wait the GOP doesn't like government spending...unless it is for tax cuts for the rich and fat defense pork dollars for home districts.

GOP would never build a bridge like the great bridges of the 20th century...they would rather give out corporate handouts...and gut revenue with giant Bush style tax cuts for the rich.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:09 PM
Response to Reply #7
8. The Golden Gate was also a depression-era project.
But we have no nerve as a society anymore.

Now, we only can think of the next way to drown
government in the bathtub (or the Bay or the Hudson
River).

We are pathetic.

Tesha
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:10 PM
Response to Original message
9. "George Washington Will"
Why did that headline make the name "George Will" come to my mind, although I know he ain't 80 yet (he just turned 70 this year), but always acted like he was! :rofl:
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Apr 23rd 2014, 05:24 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC