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World's Largest Suspension Bridge

Bridge-building over the Hudson
Suspended in animation, the George Washington Bridge awaits completion in this 1930 photograph. When the bridge opened to traffic on October 25, in 1931, the great span--which linked Fort Lee, NJ, and West 178th Street in New York City--doubled the record for suspension bridges. Due to the speed of construction and precision of engineering, it cost one million dollars less to build than originally estimated. Twelve lives were lost in the course of constructing it.

Bridge construction began October 21, 1927; opened eight months ahead of schedule
Othmar H. Ammann, chief engineer; Leon S. Moisseiff, advisory engineer of design; Cass Gilbert, consulting architect
Width of main span, 3,500 feet
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Learn more!
· Othmar H. Ammann
· George Washington Bridge
· Making Suspension Bridge Cables
· Transportation
· Archives Center finding aid for Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936, Series 6: Photographs

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