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November 18, 2008

Vehicle Height Restriction Removed on Rip Van Winkle Bridge

Catskill, NY – With the completion of the superstructure painting project, special height restrictions have been removed from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

The lead paint removal and repainting had required a containment system to prevent any paint chips or debris from falling into the Hudson River.  Now that all cabling and scaffolding have been removed, the restriction is being lifted.  The operating overhead clearance of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is now 14’-6”.

The $10 million two-year project was completed on-time and under budget earlier this year and the bridge is now completely lead free for the first time in its 73 year history.   

The repainting project is part of the ongoing maintenance operation at all five Bridge Authority structures that keeps these facilities in great shape.  Bridge Authority bridges have been called ‘among the best maintained in the nation’ by independent bridge inspectors.

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