Traffic rebounds on five Mid-Hudson bridges

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Mid Hudson Bridge. (c) Mid-Hudson News 2022

HIGHLAND – Traffic rebounded on the five bridges over the Hudson River operated by the New York State Bridge Authority last year as the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to have eased somewhat.

Traffic over the last five years peaked at 63.8 million vehicle crossings in 2019.

When the pandemic hit and the economy virtually came to a halt, traffic dropped 19.4 percent, to 51.4 million crossings in 2020.

They began their rebound in 2021 with just a 7.7 percent decrease from the 2019 high.

Revenues also hit a five-year high in 2019, at over $58.9 million. It fell to $49.4 million in 2020, but bounced back to over $64.4 million in 2021. The increase was a factor of additional traffic as well as toll increases.