Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

8 Million Pound Structure to "Squeeze" Under the Mid-Hudson Bridge on Monday

The crawl is on! Photo credit: David Rocco

UPDATE: Barge has been fighting the tide, therefore times may be later than anticipated.

The barge left the Port of Coeymans at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Depending on the tide, the barge will pass under the Kingston Bridge approx. 4 p.m. and the Mid Hudson Bridge closer to 8:30 to 9 p.m. 

COEYMANS, NY – The Port of Coeymans, a privately-owned marine terminal located just 10 miles south of Albany, will be transporting an eight million pound heating structure down the Hudson River to be used at a power plant in Sewaren, NJ.

The Heat Recovery Steam Generator, is reportedly the largest project in the U.S. to be transported on the Hudson.

The structure that weighs four-thousand tons will be seated on 138 hydraulic axles, according to Port of Coeymans General Manager Richard Robinson.

8 Million Pound Structure to "Squeeze" Under the Mid-Hudson Bridge on Monday

Photo credit: David Rocco

The structure will then be moved onto a barge and pulled by several tugboats down the Hudson on its way to New Jersey.

The journey will take about 24 hours and will leave the Coeymans Port on Monday, Aug. 7.

The 126 foot structure will pass under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, which has a height of 145 feet.

Then the journey south gets a little interesting when the structure will squeeze under the 135 foot clearance of the Mid Hudson Bridge, with just nine feet to spare.  it is anticipated that the Steam Generator will arrive at the Mid-Hudson Bridge at around 7:47 Monday evening.

8 Million Pound Structure to "Squeeze" Under the Mid-Hudson Bridge on Monday

Photo by Melanie Lekocevic

Officials from the New York State Bridge Authority stated that traffic will not be stopped on the bridge while the barge passes underneath.

Once the generator arrives in New Jersey, it will be cut from its lashing and moved off the bow of the barge.


  1. Marilou Angelastro

    Wow, If I still lived in Dutchess County, I would be right there in a heartbeat, standing on the Walkway Over the Hudson to watch this. Keep us posted.

  2. Is there itinerary someplace as to the timing of different locations ? Also poor weather is forecasted for Monday will this effect the schedule

  3. Wish they would post some other times (IE when passing under the Kingston Rhinecliff bridge , or even the time under the Rip Van Winkle.

  4. Tonia – check your email. I’d like to see you August 17thish on my way to columbia to see the eclipse.. Joe
    don’t reply via FaceBook; I doubt I’m clever enough to read it.

  5. Barbara Edelman

    what time is this update? pok journal has 4 pm update that won’t pass under mid hudson till 10:30. are they wrong? hope so!

    • The estimates we have are around 8:30-9 but the tide will determine when it will pass under Mid Hudson bridge. It’s anyone’s guess at this point! Hope it’s not too late so everyone can get their pictures!!

  6. Saw it going down the river from the Marlboro Yatch Club, very dark but just amazing to witness, a 13 story building going down the Hudson, just wild

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