George Washington Bridge
Total Length: 4,700 feet
Constructed: 1927 - 1931
Car Toll: $8.00
The six-lane George Washington Bridge was completed on October 25, 1931, eight months ahead of schedule, at a cost of $59 million and 12 lives. First named the "Hudson River Bridge," other names for the bridge had been considered, including the "Palisades Bridge," "Fort Lee Bridge," "Columbus Bridge" and "Verrazano Bridge," before the Port Authority decided upon the "George Washington Memorial Bridge" in 1930. Later, the name was shortened to "George Washington Bridge."
When it opened, the George Washington Bridge not only connected New York with New Jersey, but also completed one of the earliest pieces of the tri-state arterial highway network recommended in 1929 by the RPA. In its first year of operation, it was forecast that 60 million vehicles would use the bridge. For six years, the Hudson River span held the title of the world's longest suspension bridge. It was eclipsed by San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which has a main span of 4,200 feet, in 1937.