WireCo WorldGroup has been awarded a contract to supply the replacement hangers for the George Washington Bridge. Utilizing their patented High Temperature Socketing material, WireCo is now producing the cables for its second major bridge in NYC. WireCo also supplied the replacement hangers on the Manhattan Bridge in 2012.
Extensive testing has shown the High Temperature Socketing material to be effective in sustaining elevated temperatures for an extended period without the loss of structural integrity in the event of a fire or accident that may expose the cable assemblies to elevated temperatures.
Billed as “the busiest bridge in the world,” the George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River and connects northern Manhattan and Fort Lee, New Jersey. In a single year more than 50 million eastbound vehicles travel across the bridge.
The George Washington Bridge was first opened to traffic in 1931 and, at the time of construction, twice as long as any previous suspension bridge. Major renovations on the bridge over the coming decade will keep the iconic span alive into the next century. The renovations are part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's nearly $2 billion "Restore the George" program that repairs and rebuilds key components of the bridge and its approach roads. The most significant project is the $1.03 billion replacement of 592 vertical cables, known as suspender ropes. WireCo will supply those cables, which support the bridge deck across the river.
About WireCo WorldGroup
WireCo® WorldGroup markets value-added products under several brands that are recognized throughout the world and used in a wide range of market applications. WireCo® WorldGroup is headquartered in Prairie Village, Kansas with manufacturing plants, distribution facilities and research and development centers worldwide.