Traf­fic, rev­enue up on author­ity’s 5 bridges

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

The mild win­ter early this year, hot sum­mer and lower gas prices con­trib­uted to in­creased traf­fic and rev­enues on all five bridges over the Hud­son River op­er­ated by the New York State Bridge Author­ity.

For the pe­riod of Jan­uary to Au­gust, the Bear Moun­tain Bridge, lik­ing north­ern Rockand and Westch­ester coun­ties, con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence the high­est gains, with an 8.7 per­cent in­crease in traf­fic over the same pe­riod in 2015 and a 10.1 per­cent in­crease in rev­enue.

The New­burgh-Bea­con Bridge, the busiest of the cross­ings, had a 6.7 per­cent in­crease in traf­fic and a 5.8 per­cent gain in rev­enue.

The Rip Van Win­kle Bridge, which con­nects Catskill and Green­port, fol­lowed with a 4.3 per­cent in­crease in traf­fic and a 3.7 per­cent gain in rev­enue.

The Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, be­tween the towns of Ul­ster and Rhinebeck, had a traf­fic in­crease of 3.8 per­cent and a rev­enue gain of 3.7 per­cent.

The Mid-Hud­son Bridge, con­nect­ing the town of Lloyd and city of Pough­keep­sie, had a 3.2 per­cent in­crease in traf­fic and a 3.4 per­cent in­crease in rev­enue.

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