George Washington Bridge Plaza

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George Washington Bridge Plaza
Bridge Plaza
George Washington Bridge by Dave Frieder.jpg
View looking east to the bridge, south of which is Fort Lee Historic Park, contiguous with Palisades Interstate Park.
Location
Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey
Coordinates40°51′18″N 73°58′08″W / 40.855°N 73.969°W / 40.855; -73.969Coordinates: 40°51′18″N 73°58′08″W / 40.855°N 73.969°W / 40.855; -73.969
Roads at
junction
I-95 / US 1-9 (NJ Turnpike)
US 9W
US 46
Route 67
Construction
TypeInterchange and transit hub
Opened1931 (1931)
Maintained byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey[1]
Looking northeast over highways to GWB
A view of the district looking west

The George Washington Bridge Plaza, also known as GWB Plaza or Bridge Plaza, is the convergence of roads and highways around the George Washington Bridge toll plaza in Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States.[2] The plaza is located north of and parallel to Fort Lee's Main Street. The surrounding busy area is characterized by a mix of commercial and residential uses and an architectural variety that includes parking lots, strip malls, houses, gas stations, mid-rise office buildings and high-rise condominiums. Just to the east is Fort Lee Historic Park, Palisades Interstate Park and the bridge's western tower.

Roadways[edit]

The series of streets overlooks the lower vehicular cut through the Hudson Palisades where several major roads converge for the toll plazas[3] for the Hudson River crossing. The four streets that bridge the cut are, from west to east, Fletcher Avenue (U.S. Route 9W), Linwood Avenue, Center Avenue, and Lemoine Avenue (New Jersey Route 67). Through the cut runs the New Jersey Turnpike, which also carries the designations Interstate 95, U.S. Route 1/9, and U.S. Route 46.

The cut and the Turnpike are flanked by service roads. On the southern end, Bruce Reynolds Boulevard (also known as Bridge Plaza South) carries eastbound traffic from Fletcher Avenue and the Turnpike's exit 73 off-ramp to Center Avenue and two-way traffic from there east to Hudson Terrace. It also provides access to and from both the northbound upper and lower level roadways of the Turnpike via exit 74. The northern service road, Bridge Plaza North, carries two-way traffic from Central Road to Center Avenue and westbound traffic from there west to Fletcher Avenue and a westbound on-ramp to New Jersey Route 4.

The northbound turnpike can access Bruce Reynolds Boulevard via exit 73 by way of Route 4 or the lower level roadway or exit 73 from the upper and lower level roadways. The southbound turnpike can access Bridge Plaza North via exit 73 on the upper and lower level roadways.

The expressway roads and their local street entrances/exits at Bridge Plaza under the jurisdiction of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which also manages the bridge itself.[1][4]

New Jersey Route 4, Bergen Boulevard (U.S. Route 46), and the Palisades Interstate Parkway are roads that originate in the immediate vicinity of Bridge Plaza.

Transit hub[edit]

Bridge Plaza is a busy transit hub served by several bus lines, though there is no centralized bus station or stop. Routes operated by NJ Transit primarily connect Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties with Manhattan, while Rockland Coaches and Ameribus connect Bergen and Rockland counties with Manhattan.

All bus routes serving Bridge Plaza terminate in Manhattan at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Spanish Transportation is one of many companies providing dollar van service at Bridge Plaza, primarily serving Paterson via New Jersey Route 4 and the Newport Mall via Bergenline and Anderson Avenues.

AmeriBus[edit]

NJ Transit[edit]

Rockland Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ENLARGED VIEW 2 (Leonia Borough, Fort Lee Borough and Englewood Cliffs Borough, Bergen County)" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. June 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "George Washington Bridge Toll Facilities". US Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "GWB Upper Level Toll Plaza". WikiMapia.
  4. ^ "Port Authority And Fort Lee Commit $30 Million To Alleviate Congestion Around George Washington Bridge" (Press release). Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. September 15, 2003. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Ameribus 11C schedule
  6. ^ Ameribus 20/84 schedule
  7. ^ NJT bus 156 schedule
  8. ^ NJT 158 schedule
  9. ^ NJT 159 schedule
  10. ^ NJT 171 schedule
  11. ^ NJT 175 schedule
  12. ^ NJT 178 schedule
  13. ^ NJT 181 schedule
  14. ^ NJT 182 schedule
  15. ^ NJT 186 schedule
  16. ^ NJT 188 schedule
  17. ^ NJT 756 schedule
  18. ^ Rockland Coaches 9/9A schedule

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