Groundbreaking Construction begins Building work on the George Washington Bridge began in October 1927 (Pictures: The Port Authority of NY & NJ) swissinfo.ch Changing landscape The view of the Palisades from Riverside Drive in 1928 would be dramatically altered in just three years. swissinfo.ch Suspending the bridge Wire ropes, nearly two kilometres long, were towed across the Hudson River. They were raised to the top of each tower to support the catwalk scaffolds for cable construction. swissinfo.ch Preparing for travellers The bridge's two great 183-metre towers - 43,000 tons of steel - were designed to bear a heavy traffic flow. swissinfo.ch Opening to the public On the gala opening day, New York Governor Al Smith, fearful of the stress on the bridge caused by the parade, asked Ammann if the men should break step. Ammann's reply: "They could be elephants and they wouldn't hurt the bridge". swissinfo.ch Wonder bridge The George Washington Bridge's original construction finished eight months ahead of schedule and costs were considerably below the original estimates. swissinfo.ch Traffic jams During its first full year of operation in 1932 more than 5.5 million vehicles used the bridge's six-lane roadway. As traffic demand increased, more lanes and a lower roadway were added. swissinfo.ch The early days of Othmar Ammann's George Washington Bridge in New York. This content was published on November 16, 2006 November 16, 2006 More More The changing face of International Geneva International Geneva is an important hub for multilateralism. But it is facing some unprecedented challenges. Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sort by Newest first Oldest first Load more More More Download the SWIplus app and stay informed Do you want to stay informed abroad? Now our app SWIplus offers even more Switzerland: with news, stories and our briefing!
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