Due to construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Coast Guard has established special no-boating zones on the Hudson River, however the site of the July 26, 2013 crash that killed two people and injured three others was not included in the restricted area.
The new regulation stems from the increasing number of barges and cranes in the Hudson River connected to the new bridge project. According to officials, the “regulated navigation area” will extend 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing 3-mile bridge, as reported by the Journal News on Friday September 20th.
The zones do not include the navigation channel, which is marked by lighted buoys and passes beneath the superstructure of the bridge. Also not included are four barge mooring fields, which include the site of a fatal boat crash last summer.
The Coast Guard said the site of the crash will stay outside the regulated areas because the vessels are stationary, but that did not make a difference on Sunday when one of those 50-foot stationary barges broke loose from its mooring and drifted nearly a mile, again raising safety concerns.
Blog post by barge injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP