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April 10, 2007

Vehicle Height Limit Reduced on Rip Van Winkle Bridge

Highland, NY - Vehicles requiring special height permits over 14’ (fourteen feet) will not be permitted on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge for the remainder of 2007.

The State Bridge Authority announced the new restrictions due to the containment structure required for repainting on the bridge.  The containment structure will prevent debris or paint from falling into the Hudson River.

In addition to the special height restriction, all motorists are urged to exercise extra caution on the bridge, pay particular attention to additional traffic warnings and construction zone alerts and be aware that construction traffic may enter and exit the bridge for the remainder of the year.

The repainting project is part of the ongoing maintenance operation at all five Bridge Authority structures that keeps these facilities in great shape and allows the Authority to keep tolls down.

The Rip Van Winkle Bridge connects the Catskill area of Greene County with the Hudson area of Columbia County across State Route 23. 

Vehicles which require re-routing can use the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to the south, the NYS Thruway I-90 Berkshire Spur to the north or cross the Hudson River in Albany, New York.

It is expected that the project will take until the end of 2007 to complete.  Should work be completed ahead of schedule, the restrictions will be lifted earlier.


Quick Facts about the New York State Bridge Authority

  • The NYS Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges. 
  • The Authority is funded from bridge tolls and receives no tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation.
  • The Authority holds the highest bond rating given any toll-transportation entity in the United States, reducing bond and annual costs.
  • The $1 passenger vehicle toll for east-bound passage on all Authority bridges is among the lowest nation-wide for self-supporting transportation agencies (there is no toll for west-bound passage).