E-ZPass tolls increased on Mid-Hudson bridges

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All traffic on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge has been routed to the south, eastbound span as the north span has been shut down for a complete re-decking. File photo

MID-HUDSON – E-ZPass tolls on the five bridges across the Hudson River operated by the New York State Bridge Authority increased effective May 1.

Cash tolls for a vehicle with four tires remain the same at $1.75; however, E-ZPass tolls increased 10-cents, from $1.35 to $1.45.

Drivers on the commuter plan are now also paying 10-cents additional, from $1.10 to $1.20 per round trip.

The increases are the first since 2012 and the additional funds will primarily go to finance the re-decking of the westbound, north span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, the busiest of the Bridge Authority’s facilities and an important connector on Interstate 84, in the Northeast highway network.

The roughly $90 million project is underway and will take three years to complete. The tolls will also help fund a number of other projects in the authority’s $243 million five-year capital plan.

The additional toll revenue used to maintain the authority’s bridges will stay within the Mid-Hudson region, funding work on the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Rip Van Winkle and Walkway Over the Hudson bridges.

The toll revision is being phased in over the course of four years, starting on May 1, 2020. Full toll rates will be in place on May 1, 2023. At the conclusion of the toll hikes, passenger vehicles will see tolls raised to $2.15 per round trip crossing.