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Wikipedia: The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, (officially the Hamilton Fish Newburgh-Beacon Bridge) is a cantilever toll bridge that spans the Hudson River in New York State carrying NY 52 and Interstate 84 between Newburgh and Beacon. The first span was opened to traffic on November 2, 1963 as a two-lane bridge. Although original plans called for a four-lane bridge, funding difficulties resulted in the reduction in lanes. This span was designed by Modjeski & Masters and constructed by Frederick Snare, Drave and Bethlehem Steel.By 1964, the original two-lane structure was already over capacity, and planning for additional capacity began in 1972. After considering doubledecking the decision was taken by NYSBA to add a second parallel span south of the original. The original span was made of steel that needs painting, but the newer span is made of rusting steel, which surface corrodes to a brown color and does not need painting as corrosion does not go deeper. On November 1, 1980, this second, parallel span, also designed by Modjeski & Masters but constructed by American Bridge Company, was opened to traffic. The original span was closed for renovation, to add a lane and to paint it brown to match the color of the new span, from December 1980 to June 1984. In 1997, the bridge was officially renamed the Hamilton Fish Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. It is still more commonly referred to by its original name. Today, then, there are actually two spans;* The westbound bridge, opened in 1963 carrying one lane of traffic in each direction. Today it accommodates three 12-foot travel lanes and with no shoulders. Variable lane-use signs allow the right lane to be designated as a breakdown lane at night and off-peak travel times. When the right lane is being used as a shoulder, a red X appears on the signs above it, while a green arrow illuminates when the lane is used for travel during peak times. * The newer eastbound span was built with three 12-foot travel lanes, a 10-foot right shoulder, a 6-foot left shoulder and pedestrian sidewalk separated from the roadway by a concrete barrier. Because the eastbound span was built with shoulders, there is no need to reduce the travel lanes to two during off-peak times. The span provides connections to the New York State Thruway and US 9W in Newburgh and US 9 in Fishkill. The bridges includes a 2,204 foot cantilever span, with a main span of 1,000 feet and side spans of 602 feet . The total length of all spans and approaches is 7855 feet for the north span and 7789 feet for the south span. The bridges, owned by the New York State Bridge Authority, carry six lanes of traffic and approximately 65,000 vehicles per day. The eastbound bridge is the only portion of I-84 where there are three lanes not intended as exit/merge lanes . Eastbound passenger vehicles are charged a toll of $1 to cross the span. The toll plaza is located on the eastern (Beacon) shore.

The Newburgh-beacon Bridge Which Spans The Hudson River View From The Newburgh-beacon Bridge Spanning The Hudson River. Twilight View Of The Newburgh-beacon Bridge Over The Hudson River.
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