On June 17, 2015, the Port Authority announced the completion of an $82 million state-of-good-repair project to replace the steel deck panels on the George Washington Bridge’s upper level. Initiated in 2012, this effort required nightly closings for three of the four upper-level lanes on either the westbound or the eastbound sides of the bridge. Those lane closings are now over.
The project involved replacing 362, 6-foot steel panels on the upper-level deck as well as support structure on the bridge. Estimates say this work should extend the life of the roadway deck by 15 to 20 years. Deck components the project replaced were installed in 1978. The project also encompassed resurfacing the westbound upper-level roadway, upgrading and rehabilitating the roadway drainage system, and rehabilitating finger joints.