The Mid-Hudson Bridge- officially named the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge- is a toll suspension bridge that connects Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York. It spans 3,000 feet across the Hudson River and was the sixth-longest suspension bridge in the entire world when it was first opened by Roosevelt himself on August 25th, 1930. The NY 55 and US 44 highways both cross the Hudson over the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Since its opening, over 600 million crossings across the Mid-Hudson have been completed, and over 10 million dollars are collected in tolls each year.
As a main route across the Hudson, the Mid-Hudson Bridge can see a lot of traffic, with tens of thousands of people crossing the bridge each day. Crossings are made by toll-paying cars, but also by pedestrians enjoying free access across it. Many find a stroll across the Mid-Hudson Bridge an excellent way to take in stunning views, and the addition of a contemporary sound art installation by Joseph Bertolozzi called Bridge Music has made this even more exciting. Pedestrians can stop at Bridge Music Listening Stations and hear Bertolozzi’s recordings of the bridge itself being played as a musical instrument.
The Mid-Hudson Bridge was first planned in 1923. It was one of three Hudson river crossings built in a decade, but the only one to allow car traffic to cross the Hudson south of Albany. The gothic style bridge was designed by renowned Polish-American bridge designer and civil engineer Ralph Modjeski. The caissons (underwater concrete blocks that support the structure) weigh 66,000 tons (about the mass of a 12 story building, and the main towers on the surface are 315 feet tall and made of granite encased steel. Since 1983, the Mid-Hudson Bridge has been marked as a New York State Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
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