BEACON – New traffic patterns are in place on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge as a full deck replacement project has begun on the north span of the bridge that carries traffic westbound in Interstate 84.
The two lanes coming from westbound I-84 toward the bridge have been routed toward the south span in the vicinity of the toll plaza in Beacon. Once on the bridge, eastbound and westbound traffic is separated by a concrete barrier with two lanes going in each direction.
Traffic coming from Route 9D onto the bridge will continue to use a single lane on the north span. That pattern will remain in place during evening rush hour periods throughout the construction period.
Once on the west approach of the bridge, all westbound I-84 traffic will proceed as normal starting near the Balmville Road overpass.
“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 (New York State) Bridge Authority,” said Acting Executive Director Tara Sullivan. “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, first opened in 1963. The last deck replacement of that span took place in the early 1980s, shortly after the south span was opened.
Yonkers Contracting Co. is completing the deck replacement project.