bridge in a parallel universe, or simply a fantasy that never
became reality? We did a double-take ourselves when we first
saw images of the West
Jersey Bridge majestically spanning the Hudson River.
As you can see from this postcard, there was actually a proposal
in 1923 by engineer Gustav Lindenthal for a double-deck suspension
bridge across the Hudson. Dwarfing what would ultimately be built
as the George Washington Bridge, this proposed structure called
for 20 traffic lanes and 2 walkways on its upper level and 12
lanes on the lower level.
most intriguing and amusing is this trading card from a cigarette
pack, which contains data somewhat mirroring that of the GWB.
Part of a set of 48 cards of Famous Bridges, this
card describes the West Jersey Bridge as having the unprecedented
suspension bridge width of 270 feet!
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