Reports on Bridges + River Crossings

for Hudson Valley bicycling

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This page has reports we've received about road conditions in the Hudson Valley -- especially for roads which are included in the routes on this website.

Of course this website cannot give you what would be most useful:  fully accurate and current information, for all the road segments on the route you plan to ride -- as they will be when you plan to ride it (like three days in the future). 

We can include here information for only those road segments that we or someone who tells us has ridden in the past year or so -- and that leaves a lot of time for things to change, and a lot of other road segments not reported.

So be ready for surprises.  It's valuable to bring road maps to help you find alternative routes that avoid unexpected bad or risky conditions.

And please send us a report when you learn about road conditions which it would help us and other bicyclists to know about.

Where to find out

Clearly with all the roads and bridges and paths on this Bike Hudson Valley website, many sources of information would be needed to have any reasonable chance of learning about current conditions along a bicycle route. 

Warning:  The websites of public road and bridge authorities often omit information which is critical to bicyclists.  If your trip or event would really be messed up by a road or bridge being unexpectedly closed to bicyclists, then actually give the authority for that road a phone call.

And even then, it's usually good to confirm that information with knowledgeable local bicyclists.

Here are some sites to try:

Road construction -- Region 8 -- Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester

Road construction -- Region 1 -- Albany, Greene, Rensselaer, etc.

Often there are some messages about conditions of roads, paths, and bridges. 

Ask a question about conditions -- must join the group to post a message. 

  • NYC.bicycles discussion group -- not just New York City -- often has discussion of conditions in the southern Hudson Valley below the Bear Mountain Bridge. 

[ Please send us a report about conditions you see. ]

Bridges -- Reports 

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 

Closed to bicyclists for the foreseeable future.  

See New York City road condition reports page. 

Bayonne Bridge 

See New York City road condition reports page. 

George Washington Bridge 

See New York City road condition reports page. 

Tappan Zee Bridge 

Closed to bicyclists for the foreseeable future.

Bear Mountain Bridge 

October 2001, Ken Roberts:  Roadway open to bicyclists and in good riding condition. 

July 2000, Ken RobertsOpen in good riding condition. 

See also: 

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge 

May 2002, Ken Roberts:  I've gotten reports from Newburgh riders that the south walkway is normally closed outside normal daylight hours. 

October 2001, Ken Roberts:  South walkway open in good riding condition.

July 2000, Ken RobertsOpen in good riding condition.

see also: 

Mid-Hudson Bridge  

November 2001 -- Amit Mehta:  The Mid-Hudson Bridge is closed to biker/skate/pedestrian traffic after dusk.  I reached it around 6pm, and I cabbed across for $17. 

September 1999 -- Ken Roberts:  Bicycle riding is permitted on the North-side walkway, but it's a bit narrow and has some tricky spots.  Many folks may prefer to walk their bikes.

July 1999 -- Ken Roberts:  North Walkway re-opened to bicyclists on July 10, 1999. 

See also: 

Walkway over the Hudson

October 2009:  Opened to the publc for bicycling and walking.

Description of this bridge 

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge 

on routes Mid-Hudson -- Kingston-Rhinecliff loop and Kingston-Rhinecliff -- Rip Van Winkle loop. 

KenR, July 2005: I've heard reports that there's continuing construction with closure of sections of the shoulder, so that bicyclists might sometimes be required to ride in the same lane as motor vehicle traffic.

April 2003, KenR:  Sharon and Ron and I rode across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge for the first time since the big construction was finished. We rode on the wide shoulder, which was in excellent condition. Nice views up and down the river, and ahead to the Catskill mountains. And we didn't have to ride across any big metal expansion joint gratings.

January 2003, KenR:  I got a report from a local bicyclist that they rode across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge a couple of weeks ago with no problem. And I just called the NYS Bridge Authority, and they told me that the big construction project is now complete, and bicycling across the Bridge is now permitted again.

As I'm writing this, the Bridge Authority website still shows a "printable cyclist waiver". But the Bridge Authority staff told me over the phone that riders do not need any waiver or permit like that more.

With the new construction complete, they said the normal expected place to ride is on wide shoulders -- and not as difficult to handle as the pre-construction expansion joints. There is no sidewalk separated from the roadway like on the Mid-Hudson or Newburgh-Beacon bridges. 

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[ Please send us a report about conditions you see. ]

Rip Van Winkle Bridge 

KenR, October 2005:  Sharon and I rode across on the roadway.

See also: 

Dunn Memorial Bridge (Albany-Rensselaer) 

KenR, October 2005:  Sharon and I went across on the north-side sidewalk (which is marked as Bicycle Rt 5 and Bicycle Rt 9) with no problem.

Chip, April 2003:  Dunn Memorial Bridge is open to bicycle traffic and in pretty good condition. The concrete of the (north-side) walkway has broken in a number of places, forming what amount to minor potholes, but apart from these and a good deal of broken glass there is nothing to impede a ridden crossing.

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