Walking the Bridge at Night

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge could open after dusk

The New York State Bridge Authority will consider this month whether to allow pedestrians and bicyclists late-night access to the walkway on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. 

Maureen Coleman, the authority’s executive director, told its board that she intends to introduce at its Oct. 21 meeting a resolution to eliminate language limiting the walkway’s use to between dawn and dusk. Board approval of the resolution would launch a public process to amend the regulation.

Local officials and transportation groups have lobbied NYSBA to allow 24/7 access as a benefit to workers without vehicles who need to cross the river after dusk, as well as recreational walkers and bikers, said Coleman. 

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