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For Immediate Release
April 8, 2011


Hudson River Bridges Remain Safe

Highland, NY – With the attention recently on the need for improving bridge conditions and bridge safety, travelers across the Bridge Authority’s five Mid-Hudson region bridges can rest assured that these bridges are well maintained and safe.

“We’ve received a few calls asking about bridge safety; so we want to assure our customers that our bridges are well maintained, safe and in very good condition,” Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said today.

Authority Chairman James P. Sproat said the Authority takes a great deal of pride in its programs.  “We constantly reinvest toll revenues into our facilities and have an aggressive long-range plan to insure continued safe operation of these critical bridges.”

The Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges for vehicle traffic.  More than 58 million vehicles crossed these bridges in 2010.

Ruggiero said that each bridge receives a full inspection every two years under federal and state guidelines and the Bridge Authority goes a step further by having that inspection report updated every year. 

All five bridges received a rating of “5”, the highest rating that can be achieved for the older bridges that the Bridge Authority owns.

“Our maintenance programs are proactive, address concerns and look to the future before we have major problems,” Ruggiero said. “With several of our bridges approaching a hundred years old, the diligence we apply to maintenance is even more critical to make sure our bridges continue to provide safe and reliable service.”