Hudson Valley Bridges: Crossings and Spans Over the Hudson River
Cross purposes: The Valley’s buzzing about the new TZB. But what about our other bridges?
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The swooping cables on this span are strung with LED lights, which can be programmed to display about 16,000 colors for different holidays, à la the Empire State Building. But the Bridge Authority’s Bellucci sheepishly admits that more often than not, the scheme is a basic red, white, and blue.
Also making this bridge a pioneer is the fact that it had a suicide call box installed back in 1984, which officials say has saved numerous lives. A decade ago, the three-lane bridge adopted a flexible traffic pattern: To keep things moving smoothly, heavy eastbound traffic gets two lanes during the morning rush hour, and then westbounders get two lanes after the whistle blows at 5 p.m.
- Type: suspension
- Length: 3,000 feet
- Year opened: 1930
- Designer: Modjeski and Moran Engineering
- Main view: Poughkeepsie skyline
- Tolls: $1.50 cash; $1.25 E-ZPass
- Traffic: 13.7 million in 2011
- Pedestrian-friendliness: decent; north side only
- Suicide prevention system: call box