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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Hard not to love this bridge.
    Aesthetically, it's an occular delight (specially when the columns are lit). Practically though, it is hard to love at say....5:30 PM on a weekday from either I-95, I-87. The bridge is a traffic generating machine that trickes down to several highways...it sorely, sorely needs a companion crossing either north or south of it.

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    Wouldn't more bridges generate more traffic? ...then we'll sorely need more highways.


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    Seriously, what a beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Wouldn't more bridges generate more traffic? ...then we'll sorely need more highways.

    No. If you ever driven on the Deegan (I-87)you realize that the trafific is fine util it pretty much bottlenecks at the exit ramp for the GWB.

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    The only viable spot for a another bridge would be:

    (1) to the north -- where?

    Or:

    (2) near W 57th -- but where would it connect in NJ?

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    ^^ I can respond to that picture with one word: Damn!

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    Probably the best and happiest Hudson River crossing, I love this Bridge, the structure is amazing and a masterpiece, I-95, I-80, US 1 & 9 and US 46, it is one crossing that could be said the 'gateway of New England.'

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    I don't know.

    I would not call it stately or graceful, but I wold call it "smart".

    It has good lines, and is definitely handsome at a distance. The addition of the tower lights helps add a bit to its aesthetic charm, but comparing it to the double-duty construction on the experimental Brooklyn Bridge, or the Blue Plate Williamsburg (complete with balconies), it is hard to call it beautiful.

    Ugly? No way. You have the Tappan Zee for that.

    I do say, however, that it is probably the strongest statement of "bridge" in these parts. It is a mahor life line and a symbol of technological achievement.


    As for building another crossing? i agree, there needs to be a bit more. That tunnel they are talking about is pomising, but it is way down near JC isn't it?

    The key to another crossing is not to make it huge. That would only encourage more people and make another bottleneck at moth its ends. But, rather, to give another crossing in and out of the city. NJ is actually closer than many parts of Queens and Brooklyn, but with only 3 ways across (not counting TZB or anything further north, or the detour through SI) it still stays so far away.

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    I remember seeing renderings on WNY of Cass Gilbert's terra cotta clad towers originally planned for the GW bridge back in 1930 but scrapped due to cost. Does anybody know where I can find them?

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    Not having any luck finding that ^

    But here's an interesting proposal for a bridge crossing the Hudson along the Holland Tunnel route:

    Baron Bossomís Bridge


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    Google Books has a volume with some images of the Cass Gilbert plan:

    Six bridges: the legacy of Othmar H. Ammann By Darl Rastorfer

    Renders by John T. Cronin and F. Radberg (and the office of Cass Gilbert) ...

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    Superfluous stuff. ^

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