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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kingston rhinecliff bridge

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

Bridges aren’t always built between the most obvious points. The Kingston-Rhinecliff originally was supposed to arch from Kingston Point, where the lighthouse is, to downtown Rhinebeck, but political pressure relocated it to more rural area three miles north.

Officially named for George Clinton, the first governor of New York, the bridge also has a dubious distinction: There’s no sidewalk for people to walk on — but bicyclists can ride the shoulder — and it’s lined with a vertigo-inducing 54-inch-tall railing. For conquering their fear of heights, bikers don’t have to pay tolls, however.

  • Type: truss
  • Length: 7,793 feet
  • Year opened: 1957
  • Designer: Steinman, Boynton, Gronquist and Birdsall
  • Main view: waterfront estates
  • Tolls: $1.50 cash; $1.25 E-ZPass
  • Traffic: 7.8 million in 2011
  • Pedestrian-friendliness: poor; no walkway, but cyclists are allowed on the shoulder
  • Suicide prevention system: phones

Read on for more fun facts about your local bridges:

 

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