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Bridge Authority keeps Rip Van Winkle open as unanchored ships head south

January 25, 2019 12:33 pm

CATSKILL — The state Bridge Authority will keep the Rip Van Winkle bridge open amid reports of ships coming loose from their moors in Albany area, which has caused the authority to close several bridges in that area.

The authority released a statement about 10:30 a.m. Friday that it does not perceive any hazards to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in connection with ships anchored in ports in Troy and Albany coming loose due to high-water levels and ice floes causing the ships to crash into bridges.

“The New York State Bridge Authority is actively monitoring the situation on the Hudson River where barges have come loose and now flowing south from Albany,” according to a statement released by the authority. “The Rip Van Winkle Bridge is currently open to the traveling public as these barges do not pose an immediate risk to the public on the bridge.”

The authority was forced to close several bridges in the immediate Capital Region this morning, causing traffic jams, including the point where Interstate 90 crosses the Hudson River. This was open again by 9:30 a.m.

“The New York State Bridge Authority is in contact with all agencies responding to this situation and will update the traveling public if the status of the bridge should change at any time,” according to the statement. “Members of the public should look for further updates from the Bridge Authority on Twitter at @NYSBridge and on Facebook.”