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Real cool, I cant remember a day in my lifetime that the GW Bridge was not bumper to bumper traffic. The GW bridge and I-78 in PA seem to be to projects that have always been under repair for the last 50 years. I got stuck in long delay's on both yesterday on trip to visit my son in Charlottesville. 

Thanks for sharing Steve!

I loved the Ruppert's Beer Truck 

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WOW, I don't think I have ever been on the George or Cross Bronx Expressway to the Throgs Neck Bridge when it hasn't been bumper to bumper. Makes no difference at 2 AM or 2 PM. They were the last place in the city to eliminate those stupid toll gates for every car. At least now with EZ-Pas you don't need to stop. I takes me longer from the GW to my house on Long Island, than from HERSHEY to the George. Take me back!

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1 hour ago, Walt G said:

Just think all of the cars and trucks we just saw in the excellent video are now have  "antique" status and can be on a show car field.

Super cool thing to watch! thanks Steve.

Ummm, stuff from the later half of the 1990’s can go on the show field… and don’t think for a minute that it doesn’t make me feel really old!

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36 minutes ago, 46 woodie said:

WOW, I don't think I have ever been on the George or Cross Bronx Expressway to the Throgs Neck Bridge when it hasn't been bumper to bumper. Makes no difference at 2 AM or 2 PM. They were the last place in the city to eliminate those stupid toll gates for every car. At least now with EZ-Pas you don't need to stop. I takes me longer from the GW to my house on Long Island, than from HERSHEY to the George. Take me back!

 

Yesterday morning I left the north shore of Long Island at 5:45 and it took me almost 2 hours to get to the New Jersey Side of the GW Bridge 32 miles away, and that is with the elimination of gated tolls and the advent of overhead EZ Pass toll readers. Just a lot of volume over the Hudson River, with very limited crossings. 

Be thankful that you seldom travel on the Cross Bronx above 10 miles an hour the road is in such poor condition it is absolutely horrifying to drive on at any speed above 10 MPH. 

 

This video is a great compliment to the one on the GW Bridge and give the history to the Cross Bronx Expressway, which killed The Bronx, and explained some famous "bumps" where the sections meet.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWFYeKKpBp4

 

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We had a cooperative tour w two CT Model A clubs that would drive into NYC usually a weekend or two after tree lighting.  NYPD would actually provide an escort over and back on the bridge.  A very early, long day.  We never did it, but usually about 15 or so cars did in early 2000s.

I did dream I was caught in that mess with my A once.  Driven it enough times to make me a convert to swing up to the tapanzee...

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3 hours ago, Walt G said:

Just think all of the cars and trucks we just saw in the excellent video are now have  "antique" status and can be on a show car field.

Super cool thing to watch! thanks Steve.

 

I agree, cool video, but all the vehicles in THIS video also qualify for antique status today and can be on a show car field. 😉

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/now/video/watch-nbc-news-1994-coverage-of-the-o-j-simpson-bronco-chase-62108741855

 

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Very cool. I love the architecture of the George Washington bridge but surprisingly I've never been across it. One of only two major Hudson crossings I've never made, the other being the Rip Van Winkle bridge from Hudson to Catskill.

 

I've crossed the Newburgh-Beacon and Mid Hudson bridges more times than I can count. The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is about 15 minutes away from me. My brother crosses it every single day of the week. 

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22 minutes ago, Billy Kingsley said:

I love the architecture of the George Washington bridge

Further north up the Hudson River, we have the Bear Mountain Bridge .... very scenic !

 

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Many people don't realize that the GW connects NJ to Manhattan not to The Bronx. The roads tore up many a car in NYC way before they were due.  I remember my Uncle had an early 60's Rambler that always would break trunnions on roads in The Bronx. That was in the late 60's when the roads were good!

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I just crossed the Bear Mountain Bridge for the first time in January, and crossed Kingston-Rhinecliff for the first time last year. It's funny, they are so close but I never went across them because Newburgh-Beacon and Mid-Hudson are closer. 

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 I got stuck in traffic on the GW when the Mets won the series in 1969. I asked myself “ what am I doing here?” I lived in rural Colorado at the time (still do) and decided I couldn’t handle east coast traffic any longer.

 Haven’t driven east of the Mississippi since.

  I was also seriously rear ended on the bridge in 1965 or 66. What a nightmare. 3-4 vehicles not drivable.

  Spectacular bridge. Enjoyed videos.

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On 3/5/2022 at 11:40 AM, Jubilee said:

 I got stuck in traffic on the GW when the Mets won the series in 1969. I asked myself “ what am I doing here?” I lived in rural Colorado at the time (still do) and decided I couldn’t handle east coast traffic any longer.

 Haven’t driven east of the Mississippi since.

  I was also seriously rear ended on the bridge in 1965 or 66. What a nightmare. 3-4 vehicles not drivable.

  Spectacular bridge. Enjoyed videos.

 

Sorry to hear about your accident, but your episode seems to be a common occurrence, multiple times a day now I hear it when I tune in for the traffic and weather. Much of it I feel is compounded by cell phone use (or misuse) and an abundance of tractor trailers. The shame of it is the views from the bridge can be spectacular and as a driver you dare not take your eyes off the road for a second to enjoy  

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I live 120 miles south of NYC and have been there about 4 times all during school trips. I have travelled north a few times and every time used the Tapanzee bridge. IF this is supposed to be one of the easier routes I def do not want to try another. 

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Oh man.  Talk about the good ole days. Where are the 18 wheelers trying to squeeze you out of your lane? The panicked drivers lane shifting without a blinker?  Where's the fun?

I cross the George Washington Bridge back and forth from PA to CT several times a month.  As a matter of fact I will be doing it again tomorrow. Let the dread begin. 

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As old car people I think we are all familiar withe the old adage that says the amount of stuff we have expands to fill the space available.  That applies equally well to bridge traffic.  There is an 85 year old bridge not far from me that is a white knuckle drive at peak traffic times.

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3 hours ago, supercargirl said:

Oh man.  Talk about the good ole days. Where are the 18 wheelers trying to squeeze you out of your lane? The panicked drivers lane shifting without a blinker?  Where's the fun?

I cross the George Washington Bridge back and forth from PA to CT several times a month.  As a matter of fact I will be doing it again tomorrow. Let the dread begin. 

The trick to crossing the bridge heading north is to stay left, not far left the 3rd or 4th toll both on the left side and stay in the left lane all the way until you merge to the New England Thruway

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This great thread has reminded me of my Uncle who had to use the bridge to commute to work everyday. We visited him in the sixties and spent sometime looking over his commuter car. A Checker that had the bumpers removed and replaced with heavy timbers. He was a great guy.

 

Dave

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8 hours ago, STEVE POLLARD said:

Chase scene: 1973 movie " The Seven-Ups" , George Washington Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

When he crawls out of the car at the end - that's exactly what I feel like when I get back in my driveway after driving from New England to Philly through New York.

 

And staying to the left is the trick.  I actually realized that today and then read Steve's post.

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"Seven Ups" and "French Connection". Two of the greatest movie car chases. I've read William Friedkin intended to outdo the "Bullitt" chase scene and a lot of the FC chase thru the City was live and in color, so to speak.

 

Anyone else notice the prominent Pontiac product placement in both movies? And not "performance" Pontiacs either.

 

Traffic out here in Ruritania is bad enough to deal with. Don't think I could drive in NYC now. For me it's a place best traveled through in a tour bus!😁

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