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Biennial Inspection of the George Washington Bridge - Main Span Upper Level

Safety for the hundreds of thousands of passengers using the world’s busiest motor vehicular bridge

  • 4760

    Feet Between Achorages

  • 14

    Traffic Lanes

  • New York & New Jersey

    New York & New Jersey

Ensuring the safety of the traveling public within the region

Performing the Biennial Inspection of the Main Span Upper Level of the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was as important as it was complex. The main span and side spans of the suspension bridge carry eight lanes of roadway traffic on the upper level, and the upper level also supports sidewalks along each side of the bridge.

During these inspections, our teams cover the bridge deck, cables, towers, and anchorage chambers—basically every aspect of what holds the bridge together—to ensure that everything is functional and in good shape. The areas inside the anchorage chambers, the cables and the steel towers, which are up to 604 feet above the river, are inspected by walking, climbing, and using extension ladders.

The teams also inspect the stringer-floorbeam system of the upper level roadway. The inspection of the underside of the upper roadway for the suspended spans and the adjacent spans over the New York anchorage must to be performed from the lower roadway utilizing lift trucks of various heights. Because of this, and the desire to minimize disruption of facility users, the most recent inspection was performed at night when the lower roadway was closed for other construction activities on the bridge.

At a Glance

Offices
Meet Our Team

Garen Apanosian, Senior Principal

The most satisfying part of my career is contributing to the ongoing safety and security of the commuting public.

Joel Bautista, Bridge Inspection Team Leader

Inspections are the first line of defense in ensuring the public’s safety from aging infrastructure—that’s where I come in.
Joel Bautista Bridge Inspection Team Leader Read More

Stelios (Steve) Bertos, Vice President, Transportation Structures

By ensuring quality of our bridges and roadway structures, I help keep the traveling public safe.
Stelios (Steve) Bertos Vice President, Transportation Structures Read More

Abdel Denho, Senior Principal

My job is to ensure a thorough inspection of structures like the George Washington and Brooklyn Bridges so you safely get to where you’re going.

Steven Yuen, Structural Engineer

The unknown is usually the most challenging and enjoyable, which is why I’m open to learning something new every day.

Garen Apanosian

Senior Principal

Joel Bautista

Bridge Inspection Team Leader

Stelios (Steve) Bertos

Vice President, Transportation Structures

Abdel Denho

Senior Principal

Steven Yuen

Structural Engineer

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