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Jan. 21, 2008

ACCIDENTS DOWN AGAIN ON MID-HUDSON BRIDGES

Highland, NY –For the second straight year, accidents on the five Mid-Hudson bridges have dropped. 

Overall, your chance of being in an accident on one of these bridges has decrease to one in every 385,000 crossings. 

According to the NYS Bridge Authority, there were 153 accidents in 2007 on all five spans, a drop from 171 in 2006.  In 2005, there were 220 accidents on Authority bridges.

“We’re very pleased with these results,” Authority Chairman James Sproat said.  “We have an aggressive accident prevention program, have invested in improvements to our messaging and signs for motorists and will continue to pursue all reasonable avenues to further reduce accidents.”

Citing the Mid-Hudson Bridge as an example, Sproat noted that about half the accidents there are minor fender-benders resulting from driver inattention and “about a third of all accidents on the Mid-Hudson occur during rush hours in the morning and evening.  We will continue to find way to further improve and refine these efforts but also ask drivers to please use extra caution during these busy times.”

The largest reductions in accidents were at the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge which saw a drop from 73 accidents in 2006 to 56 in 2007; and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge which saw a drop from 18 accidents in 2006 to 10 in 2007.

Accidents were up slightly at the Bear Mountain Bridge, from 11 to 15; the Mid-Hudson Bridge, from 61 to 63; and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, from 8 to 9.  These minor increases were attributed to random incidents.

NYS Bridge Authority

 

 

 

Accident Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Accidents by Year

 

 

Bridge

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Bear Mountain

11

11

9

11

15

Newburgh-Beacon

92

95

98

73

56

Mid-Hudson

69

52

69

61

63

Kingston-Rhinecliff

25

33

30

18

10

Rip Van Winkle

15

14

14

8

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

212

205

220

171

153

 

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 public 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 began operations.
  • Accidents on Authority bridges in 2007 were the lowest in recent history, resulting in one accident for every 385,000 crossings.