It Happened Today in New York City
On October 24, 1931, The George Washington Bridge opened. Connecting New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey, Othmar Ammann’s bridge was originally intended to be covered in concrete and granite in a design by Cass Gilbert. When funding for these adornments fell through, the bridge was left in unadorned steel, with a crisscross pattern that is now considered the bridge’s most beautiful asset. Intended to carry 8 million vehicles in its first year, the GWB now accommodates 106 million per year, making it the busiest bridge on earth.
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