Bear Mountain Bridge, New York (with Map & Photos)

The Bear Mountain Bridge, ceremonially called the Purple Heart Veterans Memorial Bridge, is a suspension toll bridge in upstate New York. It carries US 6/ US 202 across the Hudson River between Rockland/ Orange counties and Westchester/ Putnam counties. From the time of its completion in 1924, it held the record for the longest suspension bridge in the world for 19 months, until it was surpassed by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.

Bear Mountain Bridge
Bear Mountain Bridge

The Bear Mountain Bridge has an unconventional structure between suspension bridges; Although the main span hangs from the cables in the usual way, the side spans leading to the approaches are supported by trusswork, without any support from the cables above, similar to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Bear Mountain Bridge
Bear Mountain Bridge

The stretch allows connections to the Palisades Interstate Parkway and US 9W on the west bank near Bear Mountain Inn to New York State Route 9D (NY 9D) in the east. It also carries the Appalachian Trail and New York State Bike Route 9 across the Hudson.

Bear Mountain Bridge
Bear Mountain Bridge

The bridge has two lanes, separated by a double yellow dividing line. Footbridges flank each lane. It is allowed to ride a bicycle on the road; cyclists can walk their bikes on the pedestrian walkway.

Bear Mountain Bridge Map