Those “innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky,” as Le Corbusier called them, on the George Washington Bridge will finally be replaced after 83+ years of service. The Port Authority of NY & NJ is planning an eight-year replacement project, to start in 2014. The 2/78 inch diameter ropes are each made of 283 wires of ten different sizes, and if laid end to end would stretch 32 miles. Ninety percent of the 292 ropes are the originals, made and installed by the Roebling Company in 1931.

Once In A Lifetime_George Washington Bridge_Wire Rope Exchange_Jul-Aug 2012_CW Zink

 

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