Traffic, revenue up on authority’s 5 bridges
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.