George Washington Bridge Redecked with Prefabricated, Prepaved Steel Panels

by Eugene J. Fasullo, (M.ASCE), Chf. Struct. Engr.; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, N.Y.,
Daniel M. Hahn, (M.ASCE), Engr. of Design, Tunnels and Bridges; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 12, Pg. 57-61

Document Type: Feature article


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has embarked on a –37,000,000 project to totally replace the upper roadway of the 46-yr old George Washington Bridge. The scheme, chosen from 16 alternatives, calls for replacement of the existing reinforced concrete deck with an orthotropic steel one. In a unique installation procedure, a minimum section of the deck is saw-cut, removed and replaced with offsite prefabricated and prepaved panels, within a ten-hr night work period. The redecking should take two years to complete, cause minimal traffic inconvenience, and have a structural life expectancy of 20 years. The orthotropic panels, which are supported on the existing floor beam framing system contain some 10,000 tons of weathering steel and have a 1½-in. thick asphaltic concrete pavement.

Subject Headings: Steel bridges | Prefabrication | Panels (structural) | Reinforced concrete | Steel decks | Orthotropic materials | Asphalt pavements | Concrete pavements | Washington | United States | New York | New Jersey

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