New York State Bridge Authority

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The state authority that operates five bridges in the Hudson Valley has signed a deal to lease fiber optic cable on one of the spans. The deal is with a telecommunications company for a one-time fee of more than $500,000.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday delivered his State of the State address and budget plan. Included were proposals for using some of bank settlement money for construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Governor Cuomo unveiled how he would like to spend a one-time windfall of more than $5 billion in bank settlement funds. Here’s where he thinks some of it should go.

“We also propose using $1.2 billion of the settlement funds to protect Thruway toll payers for a year for the next year and to help finance the Tappan Zee Bridge.”

Traffic Up On Mid-Hudson Crossings

May 20, 2013
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HIGHLAND – For the first time in six months, traffic is up on the five Hudson River crossings operated by the New York State Bridge Authority.

Over 91,000 more vehicles crossed the river in April for an increase slightly under two percent.

A total of 4.9 million vehicles traveled over the spans this past April, compared to a little more than 4.8 million during the same month last year.

Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said they need that trend to continue.

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As the weather warms up, construction crews are ramping up to tackle maintenance, renovation and rebuilding projects involving many of New York's highway bridges.

The Patroon Island Bridge in Albany is being prepped for a 145-million dollar renovation. The project appears on a list of 32 road and bridge initiatives released Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

Decks will also be replaced on the Congress Street Bridge in Troy, the Western Gateway Bridge in Rotterdam and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Bridge, also known as the I-87 twin bridges.

Follow A Bridge

Apr 3, 2013
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These days it seems almost everyone engages in social networking.  Now, in addition to crossing it, you can follow a bridge on twitter (it might just follow you back) or you can friend it on facebook - The Patroon Island Bridge now has a presence on social media. The span joins a bevy of other local landmarks like The Albany Rural Cemetery and its comrade, The Troy-Menands Bridge, that have assumed "internet personalities". The Patroon Island Bridge carries I-90 over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City-based construction company has been awarded a $93 million contract to rebuild a span on one of the state-owned bridges in the Hudson Valley.

Officials Debunk Reports of Walkway Pedestrian Fee

Jan 7, 2013

Some media reports Monday mention the possibility of imposing a pedestrian fee on Walkway over the Hudson - the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walkway connects Poughkeepsie, in Dutchess County, with Highland, in Ulster County, and has become a popular place for both locals and tourists. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on how officials say there will be no such fee.