The traffic on the George Washington Bridge is nothing to joke about.
Anyone who has driven from New Jersey to New York City knows the frustration of idling in long lines to get through the toll booths at the George Washington Bridge—the world's busiest for motorists. And then, on the other side, to encounter more jams on the Cross Bronx Expressway, ranked the worst highway in America. It's estimated drivers spend an average of six days stalled in traffic per year on that roadway.
So, closing traffic lanes at the entrance to the bridge as N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's aides are alleged to have done in an act of political retribution really is a big deal.
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The bridge, which spans the Hudson River to connect the nation's largest city with one of its most densely populated suburbs, carries over a quarter million vehicles every day. Commuters can encounter traffic congestion during rush hour on any day, making further disruption to that flow a driver's nightmare.
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Here are some facts about the venerable double-decker steel suspension bridge:
—By Steve James, NBC News.