The 9 Most Dangerous Bridges in the Hudson Valley
A recent report shows that nine bridges in our area rank from poor to serious condition.
This week it was revealed that 329 bridges in the Hudson Valley area were listed as structurally deficient. That is a concerning statistic to anyone who lives or commutes in the region. While the report by tripnet.org included bridges from Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester Counties, it also ranked the bridges with lowest average safety ratings for deck, substructure and superstructure.
The following nine bridges located in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties are among the most dangerous. We've listed their ratings in three categories; deck, superstructure and substructure. The grades appear after the name of the bridge (x/x/x). Bridge safety is ranked from 9 to 0, with 9 being "excellent." A 0 rating means that the bridge has failed and is no longer useable. These Hudson Valley bridges range from a rating of 3, which is considered "serious" to 4, which means that the bridge is in "poor" condition. Tripnet.org says that bridges listed as "poor" may be posted for lower weights or be closed down.
8: Route 209 in Ulster over the Esopus Creek - 4/4/5 (open)
7: I-87 bridge over Route 207 in New Windsor - 4/5/4 (open)
6: Route 115 in Salt Point over the Wappingers Creek - 4/4/4 (lower weights posted)
5: County Road 30 over the Saw Kill in Woodstock - 4/4/4 (open)
4: South Street in Warwick over the Waywayanda Creek - 4/3/5 (posted)
3: Pine Hill Rd over I-87 in Woodbury - 3/4/4/ (open)
2: Route 984 and the Rondout Creek in Kingston - 4/3/3 (posted)
1: Mill Street in New Windsor over the Quassaic Creek - N/4/3 (closed)
You can see a full list of the bridges in most need of repair in Tripnet's official report. The Federal Highway Administration says that it would cost approximately $3.6 billion to replace or fix all of the structurally deficient bridges in New York State.