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George Washington Bridge

Location: Fort Lee, NJ, USA
Date: 1931
Creator(s): Ammann, Othmar

"An essential part of the human experience is to create an aesthetic atmosphere."

The George Washington Bridge represented a departure in suspension bridge design. Chief Engineer O.H. Ammann developed a system of stiffening trusses that offered greater flexibility and saved the project nearly $10 million. Initially, just six of the upper eight lanes were paved, but Ammann designed the bridge to easily accommodate a future lower level.

Swiss-born O.H. Ammann (1879-1965) was Chief Engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during the bridge's construction. 

Tags: Era: 1930-1939
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George Washington Bridge
Original Image: Flickr/Marcin Wichary
George Washington Bridge
George Washington Bridge
Hudson River
Fort Lee, NJ, USA

George Washington Bridge

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