AM mess on GW Bridge due to hanging tiles

October 21, 2011 1:16:40 PM PDT
Tiles were seen hanging from the ceiling of an overpass Friday morning, shutting down the inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge and creating a traffic nightmare for the morning commute.

Major delays of nearly two hours were being reported early Friday, and traffic was backed up all the way to Route 80 in New Jersey. The span reopened by 8 a.m., but the residual delays were extensive.

Workers noticed several tiles hanging from the ceiling over the Trans-Manhattan Expressway just before 6 a.m. Crews had to close the eastbound lanes to repair the tiles, and check to make sure the structure supporting the Port Authority Bus Terminal was sound.

It took about two hours to make the repairs.

Port Authority officials said there was no truck involved in the incident, although it is possible other drivers may have witnessed the top of a passing truck strike the already hanging tiles.

The tiles were described as being about one foot by one foot long.

Traffic was backed up for hours, and drivers were told to find another way into Manhattan. NJ Transit bus service was suspended over the bridge, and service originated and terminated at Bridge Plaza in Fort Lee.

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