The Bridges Up The River




           You may know there are a number of bridges, large and small, which cross the Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge.  From south to north, they are the Tappan Zee Bridge (about which I’ve spent a lot of time writing, and on which I’ve spent a lot of time driving), the Bear Mountain Bridge, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge – and that’s only up to Albany County.


      You probably don’t know that the Tappan Zee Bridge is actually a cantilever bridge (vs. the more common suspension bridge) that was opened in 1955, and is just over 3 miles long.  Deterioration of the structure and road surface (recently, potholes have developed which allow you to see the river below!) have led to plans to construct a new bridge next to the current one.  The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, another cantilever bridge about 30 miles to the north of the Tappan Zee, connects the cities of Newburgh in Orange County and Beacon in Dutchess County, and opened in 1963.  And roughly halfway between the Tappan Zee and Newburgh-Beacon Bridges is the Bear Mountain Bridge.  This suspension bridge opened in 1924 and carries US 6 and US 202, as well as the famed Appalachian Trail.


Tip:  In my opinion, the Bear Mountain Bridge is the most scenic.  You can get some great views and photos from the Bear Mountain Bridge Road on the east bank of the river.  Also, the tolls decrease as you move further north:  the George Washington Bridge is $8, the Tappan Zee $4.50, and Bear Mountain and Newburgh-Beacon $1 each.  So, if you’re traveling east, try to cross the river further north.


Please feel free to leave a comment, and please come back!


Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer


My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Nathan Hale


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