After a delightful 3 -week visit with us, including a side trip to NC, we took Elaine back to Connecticut on June 26. The most direct way is to Baltimore and follow I 95/New Jersey Turnpike to New York, then up I-684 to Danbury. Along the way, we cross two significant shipping channels. The first is the Delaware River that serves ports in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. The second is the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York. It was overcast and hazy for most of the trip and then heavy rain as we drove north from New York City. Traffic was heavy and slow across NYC and with the rain north of the city. It took us 3 hours to go the last 66 miles from the end of the New Jersey Turnpike to Elaine's. My thanks to Marianne who took these shots as I drove.
The Delaware Memorial Bridge is a twin-span, suspension bridge. The first span was completed in 1951 and the second span opened in 1968, as traffic far exceeded the original estimates. Each span carries 4 lanes of traffic. The main spans are 2,150 feet and total length of the bridge is 2.5 miles. The towers are 417 feet high and the bridge is 188 feet above the shipping channel.
On the north bound span
The George Washington Bridge is a 14-lane, two-level suspension bridge. The upper level opened in 1931 and the lower level in 1962. The GW bridge towers are 604 feet high and shipping clearance is 212 feet. The length of the bridge is 4,760 feet. There are multiple roads leading to and from the bridge, with a number of merges and possible exits. The bridge is not a place for a timid driver on a Friday afternoon!