1960
1960
Modjeski and Masters Awarded Design for New Highway Bridge Across the Hudson River

Modjeski and Masters was awarded the design of the new Hudson River highway bridge for the New York State Bridge Authority. It would connect the Cities of Newburgh and Beacon in New York state. It was initially decided that the bridge would carry 4 traffic lanes for a planned Interstate Highway. However, when anticipated federal funds were removed from the project, Governor Nelson Rockefeller lobbied to build a less expensive, two-lane bridge without federal assistance.

1961
1961
Construction Starts on Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Substructure

Construction started on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge substructure in March 1961. Shown here is construction progress as of May 10, 1962 with pier construction well underway.

1962
1962
Construction Starts on Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Superstructure

With construction of the bridge substructure completed, erection of the main span superstructure commenced. Work would be completed in 1963. Construction progress on the nearly completed cantilevered spans in shown here on December 4, 1962.

1963
1963
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Completed

On November 2, 1963, then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller cut the gold ribbon on the bridge, officially opening it to traffic.

1965
1965
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Wins "Most Beautiful Bridge" Award

The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge wins the 1965 "Most Beautiful Bridge" Award (for Long-Span Bridges) from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

1970
1970
Modjeski and Masters Tasked with Studying Parallel Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

Before its construction, it was estimated that the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge would carry 25,000 cars each day, requiring a four-lane design. When funding became difficult, then-Governor Rockefeller had decided that the bridge would never carry that many vehicles, and a two-lane structure would be sufficient. Unfortunately by 1964, 25,000 vehicles were using the bridge on a daily basis, and traffic jams were becoming a major problem. Modjeski and Masters was tasked with studying a second bridge parallel to the existing bridge.

1974
1974
Modjeski and Masters Awarded Design of Parallel Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

Modjeski and Masters was again retained to design a new 7,783-foot long highway bridge to carry four Eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 across the Hudson River. The new bridge would have a similar cantilever through-truss main span of 1,000-feet, a vertical clearance of 180-feet, and an 8-foot wide pedestrian walkway.

1977
1977
Construction Begins on Parallel Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Substructure

Construction on the bridge substructure units commenced in early 1977. Shown here is construction progress as of December 1978. Work would also begin on several approach roadways and toll plaza.

1979
1979
Construction Begins on Parallel Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Superstructure

With major work on the substructure completed, the superstructure work started in January 1979. Shown here is a major construction milestone on August 20, 1980 with the lifting of the main cantilever suspended span. Work would continue on the bridge for another two months.

1980
1980
Parallel Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Completed

Bridge dedication ceremonies took place on November 1, 1980, almost 17 years after original span was dedicated. The bridge was officially opened with a motorcade of local officials and dignitaries riding over the bridge from the Beacon toll plaza to Newburgh and back.

1983
1983
Modjeski and Masters Awarded Deck Widening Project for Westbound Bridge

Modjeski and Masters was retained to design a widened deck on the Westbound Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. The widened deck would have the ability to carry three lanes of traffic instead of two as originally designed.

1984
1984
Deck Widening Project for Westbound Bridge Completed

The widened deck on the Westbound bridge was opened to traffic on June 2, 1984. It was also repainted to match the protective rust color of the weathering steel on the new Eastbound bridge.

2012
2012
Modjeski and Masters Retained for Eastbound Bridge Deck Study and Replacement Project

Modjeski and Masters prepared a design report for the redecking of the Eastbound bridge. The project consisted of preparing a design report, for a total $75 Million deck replacement project. We then participated in the final design development for the redecking by conducting a constructability review and preparing an independent cost estimate prior to advertisement of the project.

2018
2018
Modjeski and Masters Performs Ongoing Maintenance and Repair

Modjeski and Masters has performed numerous maintenance and repair projects since the bridge opened. A 100% hands-on visual inspection is made of all fatigue sensitive and fracture critical members during each biennial inspection, with a maintenance Inspection performed in alternating years. M&M has partnered with the authority to conduct these inspections for the entire life cycle of both bridges.