Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 34

George Washington Bridge

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 01, 2004 on The History Channel
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George Washington Bridge
When opened on October 25, 1931, the George Washington Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. At 3,500 feet in length, the main span was more than double the distance of the previous record holder. Today, standing as a main traffic artery between Manhattan and New Jersey, the bridge referred to by locals as the "GW", is the busiest in the world carrying nearly 320,000 cars every day. We'll examine the construction methods employed that made the bridge an anomaly, coming in both under budget and ahead of schedule, and see why the GW is distinguished in a city of great bridges.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In December of 1965, Ammann's theory about the bridge's strength was put to the test when a private plane crashed on the upper deck of the George Washington Bridge. Both the bridge and the pilot were unharmed.

      • The four main cables on the George Washington Bridge conatin 107,000 miles of .196 inch diameter wire.

      • in 1930, a public contest was held to name the bridge. Due to an overwhelming response from local school children, Geroge Washington recieve the largest number of votes.

      • According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 105,942,000 vehicles crossed the George Washington Bridge in 2003.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Ken Philimus
        Port Authority of NY & NJ

        Antonio Altilio
        Shift Manager, GW Bridge

        Peter Rinaldi
        GM, World Trade Center Site, PANYNJ

        Kathleen Hulser
        New York Historical Society

        Dr. Margot Amman-Durrer
        Daughter, Othmar Ammann

        Darl Rastorfer
        Author, "Six Bridges"

        Chris Gagnon
        Senior VP, Ammann & Whitney

        Dave Frieder
        Bridge Historian

        Bob Durando
        General Manager, GW Bridge

        Paul Crist
        Engineering Program Manager, PANYNJ

        Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival footage)

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Robert E. Ziel
        Producer: Robert E. Ziel
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Dan Gibbons
        Editor: Brian Johnson
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Judy Gordon
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: John Davis
        Camera: Mike Kelly
        Field Audio: Mark Solomon
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: TAK Productions, INC
        Historical Consultant: Chris Gagnon
        Historical Consultant: Kathleen Hulser
        Historical Consultant: Ken Philmus
        Historical Consultant: Peter Rinaldi

        Special Thanks
        The Bergen County Historical Society
        Michael Dombrowski
        Dave Frieder
        Robert Griffin
        Marybeth Kavanagh
        Bob Leafe
        Ralph Molinia
        Wendy Nardi
        Joanne Nestor
        Ken Philmus
        Jill Reichenbach
        Bonnie Rowan
        Karen Ryan
        Herbert Somerwitz
        Tiffany Townsend
        Trenton Public Library

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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