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Additional Rules & Regulations
Regarding NYS Bridge Authority Bridges

HIGH WIND POLICY

The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) may reduce speed limits and prohibit certain types of vulnerable vehicles during high wind situations.

The NYSBA will issue high wind warnings if sustained winds reach 30MPH and gusts are over 40MPH. At these wind speeds we advise all high profile vehicles, box trucks, tractor-trailers to avoid bridges.

NYSBA will close bridges if sustained winds reach 60MPH on a case by case basis.

Due to NYSBA facilities being a critical route for emergency services vehicles, particularly accessing hospitals, NYSBA does not close the bridges to emergency vehicles. It is expected that emergency vehicles, which tend to be heavier and have trained drivers, will continue to cross the bridges as necessary.

Walkway Over The Hudson: Due to extensive pier base and steel repairs implemented by NYSBA in the last 9 months, the Walkway Over the Hudson structure is not expected to be threatened by the potential high winds. Decisions on whether to open the Walkway deck to the public are made by state Parks.

OVERSIZE VEHICLE - TIME RESTRICTIONS

Unusually wide or long vehicles are prohibited from crossing Bridge Authority facilities during the following periods:

  • At the Bear Mountain Bridge, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and Rip Van Winkle Bridge, such vehicles shall be prohibited between the hours of 6:30 A.M. and 8:30 A.M., and between the hours of 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.
  • At the Mid-Hudson Bridge, such vehicles shall be prohibited at all times when the bridge is being operated in a three-lane configuration, currently between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:30 A.M. and between the hours of 3:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.
  • Additional prohibitions may be posted from time to time during construction periods or weather related situations.

All vehicles in excess of 8 1/2 feet (102 inches) wide, exclusive of safety devices such as lights or mirrors, or 75 feet long, except legal tandem trailers, shall be deemed “unusual” for the purpose of this regulation.

General Rules and Regulations

The complete rules and regulations governing the operation of the NYS Bridge Authority under N.Y.C.R.R Title 21, Parts 200-208.