he New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) has announced the start of new traffic patterns at the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge effective Saturday, November 21. The new patterns are being implemented to allow for more effective traffic flow during the full deck replacement project taking place on the north span. The north span carries westbound traffic for Interstate 84.
Starting Saturday, November 21, the two lanes coming from westbound I-84 toward the bridge will be routed toward the south span within the vicinity of the toll plaza. Once on the bridge, eastbound and westbound traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier, with two lanes going in each direction. The two lane pattern for eastbound traffic has already been implemented.
Meanwhile, traffic coming from Route 9D onto the bridge will continue to utilize a single lane on the north span. This pattern will remain in place during evening rush hour periods throughout the construction timeline.
Once on the west approach of the bridge, all westbound I-84 traffic will proceed as normal starting near the Balmville Road overpass.
Tara Sullivan, NYSBA Acting Executive Director said: “This is a once-in-a-generation project taking place at the north span, but an important investment in the busiest crossing operated by the Bridge Authority. By implementing these new traffic patterns, they will allow our contractor to more efficiently complete this major project and provide more effective traffic flow for the traveling public.”
The north span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is the older of the dual spans, having first opened in 1963. The last deck replacement on the north span took place in the early 1980s, shortly after the south span of the Newburgh-Beacon was opened.
Yonkers Contracting Co. is completing the deck replacement project. Once the project is complete, drivers will experience a brand new road surface while traveling westbound on the span. It represents a major capital improvement in a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the Northeast.
Once complete, the deck replacement of the Newburgh-Beacon north span will cap off a decade-long period of several significant improvements to the Bridge Authority’s most traveled crossing. The south span had its deck replaced between 2012 and 2014 and the Bridge Authority completed a rehabilitation of the I-84 overpass over Route 9W in 2019.
Traffic updates for all spans operated by the New York State Bridge Authority can be found on NYSBA’s Facebook and Twitter profiles at www.facebook.com/NYSBridge and www.twitter.com/NYSBridge.