The New York State Bridge Authority recently announced that the hours of operation for the pedestrian and bicycling pathway at the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge have been expanded to 24/7 access.
The expanded hours will assist pedestrian and bicycle commuters utilizing the Metro-North train station in Beacon or commuting to work between the two sides of the bridge, especially those who work during early morning or night shifts. The move is also expected to help area residents better use alternative forms of transportation to travel between two of the mid-Hudson region’s major communities.
The Authority has ensured that the pedestrian walkway will be properly lit according to safety standards. The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge has 24/7 on-site security staffing, as well as remote security monitoring through the Authority’s Command Center.
The change in operating hours comes after the Authority received a number of public comments in favor of expanding pedestrian hours at Newburgh-Beacon. Reasons cited by the public for increased hours included the environmental and health benefits of increased walking and cycling, offering a free and consistent transportation option for those without vehicles, as well as improving pedestrian and bicycle connectivity within the region.
The Authority reserves the right to temporarily close its pedestrian walkways due to weather, safety, and/or maintenance-related activity. For more information please visit: www.nysba.ny.gov.