When People awoke this morning and heard the news, that The George Washington Bridge which carries motor traffic between New Jersey and New York City, wasn't standing anymore, everyone thought it had to be a joke.
It turned out that it wasn't. During the night, the contracting crew that was hired to do repairs on the bridge, had in fact taken the bridge down. The George Washington Bridge carries roughly 350,000 cars and trucks per day. It crosses the Harlem River and runs from Fort Lee on the Jersey side to Upper Manhattan on the New York side. The "GW" as it is locally referred to, was the fourth largest suspension bridge in the United States.
When Mayor Bloomberg was asked if it was terrorism, his office issued a flat "No Comment" and said that they will hold a news conference at New York City Hall sometime later today.
Someone who WAS talking though, was Jonathan Corcoran, the owner of the contracting company which was working on the bridge. Mr. Corcoran told us he was at City Hall yesterday in a meeting with the mayor and his finance committee. There was a list of so many things that had to be repaired or replaced on the bridge, which was officially opened on October 25, 1931, that the normally docile mayor slammed his fist onto the desk, looked right at Mr. Corcoran, and said; "You know what we should do? We should just tear the damn thing down and build a new one, it would probably be cheaper!" Mr. Corcoran said that while there were a few snickers around the table, Corcoran himself, took the mayor at his word.
"When the Mayor of New York City tells you to tear down a bridge, it gets torn down, no questions asked", Mr. Corcoran said.
Mr Corcoran also mentioned that his company was working on a bid to rebuild the New Bridge.