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2 GWB Upper-Level Westbound Lanes Shut for Repairs

 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says two upper-level westbound lanes of the George Washington Bridge will remain closed until Tuesday morning so crews can complete emergency repairs to a section of the upper-level deck.

Construction on the George Washington Bridge
Construction on the George Washington Bridge (CBS New York)

The lanes were closed late Monday morning, spurring major travel delays in the area. But officials say the closures have only affected New Jersey-bound commuters.

CBS New York reports engineers heard a noise that caused concern on Monday that could indicate cracked beams and decided to make permanent repairs and not a temporary fix. This repair also requires a crane to be brought in.

Snow plowing on the bridge over the weekend and changes in temperature may be to blame according to CBS New York.

Officials say motorists traveling westbound to New Jersey should consider alternate routes such as the Lincoln or Holland tunnels, or use the lower level of the George Washington Bridge.

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