Pandemic takes its toll on Mid-Hudson bridges

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Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

HIGHLAND – People are continuing to drive less as the coronavirus pandemic impacts our daily lives.

In August, 2020-08 Traffic & Revenue Comparison Report was down a total of 16.55 percent. There were just under one million fewer bridge crossings in the first eight months of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. There were over 4.8 million crossings this year, compared with 5.8 million last year.

The Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge had the biggest decline in traffic that month with a loss of 18.05 percent. That was followed by the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, which lost 17.51 percent of its traffic.

Traffic fell by 16.48 percent on the Mid-Hudson Bridge, by 15.94 percent on the Bear Mountain Bridge, and by 11.13 percent on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

Total revenue increased by 8.35 percent because of the toll increase. In the first eight months, the bridges earned $5.6 million compared to just under $5.2 million in 2019.