FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — All lanes are open on the George Washington Bridge after crews finished emergency repairs that closed three New York City-bound lanes on Monday.
It was all because of a hole that formed on a metal road plate during an ongoing bridge maintenance project.
Motorists faced delays of up to 90 minutes as traffic was brought to a standstill during the evening rush. New Jersey-bound lanes were open.
“I’m not happy,” driver Kerry Escamilla said.
“I have to go through, I work there so I have to go through even if it’s traffic,” said driver Ali Hussain. “I have no other choice.”
A Port Authority spokesperson said bridge workers intentionally cut into the concrete during the routine refurbishing project, but didn’t expect the surrounding material to break away.
When it did, a beam below was exposed, which created a dangerous situation.
Workers were able to replace the piece around 11 p.m. and continued working to secure repairs.
For more information about the ongoing GWB project, click here.
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