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Sept. 20, 2007

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to get Innovative Surface Next Week
Polymer will use over 1,000 Recycled Tires

Catskill, NY – Recycled tires, combined with traditional asphalt will extend the life of the roadway on the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

As part of the ongoing maintenance of its facilities, the NYS Bridge Authority said the use of NovaChip technology makes roads more flexible under traffic loads and reduces ice formation, noise level, rutting and cracking.

The resurfacing will begin Tuesday, September 25th and is expected to conclude Friday, September 28th.

“In addition to being environmentally friendly, this surface will reduce long-term costs, make the road quieter and will help in snow and ice removal during the winter – making the bridge safer,” Authority Chairman James P. Sproat said.

According to Modified Asphalt Solutions, Inc., the innovator of this technology, the use of polymer to enhance the durability and performance of asphalt concrete pavements is well recognized.

The material is being supplied by Gorman Brothers of Albany and uses approximately 1,000 car tires per one mile of typical two lane resurfacing.  The process also provides for an emissions reduction of approximately 10 to 15% over standard asphalt mixes.

The Bridge Authority expects that the high performance wearing surface may extend the life of the pavement by several years.

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge was dedicated in 1957 and connects Ulster and Dutchess counties.  The Bridge is 7,793 feet long and saw 7,624,622 vehicle crossings in 2006, an average of more than 20,000 vehicles per day.

The bridge passed inspection earlier this summer without any warning flags and is rated a “5”, the highest rating possible for older structures.


Traffic Alert For Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge: 9/25-28

Work will be performed on the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge between 9am and 4pm beginning Tuesday and scheduled to end Friday. 

Lane closures are not anticipated but construction will cause some traffic delays.

Motorists are urged to slow down, obey all flag and traffic signals and be especially cautious of workers on the roadway.


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 nationwide for self-supporting transportation agencies (there is no toll for west-bound passage).
  • Tolls today are actually lower, in real dollars, than they were in 1933 when the Authority was founded.
  • The Authority’s employee safety record has resulted in an “unusually high discount” from the state insurance fund, protecting workers and reducing costs.
  • Accidents on Authority bridges in 2006 were among the lowest in recent history, resulting in one accident for every 343,000 crossings.
  • According to independent inspection reports by Barney Martin, Senior Vice-President for Modjeski & Masters “The five state Bridge Authority bridges are among the best maintained in the nation.  The Bridge Authority’s policy of pro-active maintenance and their extensive program results in problems being prevented rather than reacting after problems develop.”