The Newburgh Beacon Bridge is a cantilever-type structure that crosses the Hudson River (New York State) and is a popular toll route for vehicles. The interstate highway runs between Beacon and Newburgh. The bridge consists of two spans that provide westbound and eastbound traffic.
History of the Newburgh Beacon
The first span of the bridge was opened in 1963, the second span only in 1980. At first, it was planned to design for four lanes, but a number of problems, as well as a lack of proper funding, led to the need to make adjustments. To increase capacity and solve traffic problems, it was decided in 1972 to add another southbound lane. In doing so, the first span was partially closed for repairs and redesign so that both parts of the bridge would match each other.
The length of the span is 2,204 feet, with the main part being 1,000 feet long. The side spans are 602 feet long. The total length of all elements of the bridge is nearly 7,860 feet. The three main lanes are 12 feet wide, the right curb is 10 feet, and the left curb is 6 feet. There is also a separated pedestrian sidewalk protected by a barrier. The presence of curb cuts eliminates the need for reduced lanes during off-peak times.
In 2021, the fare was increased to $1.75 for cash payment and $1.45 for the E-ZPass system. Payment could be made at the east end of the bridge. For a time, the toll was only for drivers who traveled eastbound (double fare). The NYC Department of Transportation's official website can be used to keep track of any changes, as well as to make a toll payment if it was not timely. If no payment is made, the check will come in the mail along with the fine ($25).
Beginning in 2019, the Newburgh Beacon Bridge fare increase was initiated, with the fare increasing each year through 2023. In 2022, the fares increased from 2021 to $2 and $1.55, respectively, depending on the type of system chosen.
In 2023, the plan is to raise the fare one last time to $2.15 and $1.65, so it is worth giving preference to the electronic payment system, which is the most convenient and affordable. In the summer of 2021, all bridge spans were switched to the electronic payment system.