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Report released after runaway party cruise ship crashed into Hudson River bridge

March 06, 2019 09:42 PM

NewsChannel 13 has obtained the bridge impact report from the New York State Department of Transportation following the chaos on the Hudson River on January 25, 2019. The DOT found non-structural damage.

A bridge impact report NewsChannel 13 requested from the DOT revealed minor paint problems along several girders underneath the Congress Street Bridge. That inspection took place four days after the Captain JP III Cruise Line crashed into it, before hitting the Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge where it sat stuck for hours. 

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Owner Jim Pledger tells NewsChannel 13 the cost to make repairs has jumped from $150,000 to upwards of $250,000.

Jim Pledger stated, "They’re starting the steel work at the end of the week on the first deck, and the stacks and so forth."

A handful of other barges broke loose on the ice-filled Hudson before sunrise that cold January morning. NewsChannel 13 is still waiting for damage reports from the already DOT classified deteriorating Livingston Avenue bridge the JP III also hit.

"Next week, mid-week, they're going to take the boat out of the water so the coast guard can do the bottom inspection and repairs that need to be done, then we'll be fixed as far as underneath the water," Pledger stated.

The owner says they are booked for events the first week of May and expect to be ready.

"We got parties booked the first week of May, so we're definitely going to do everything we can to get it back before May 1. Hopefully, we'll be back on the dock between the 15th and 20th of April." 

A DOT Spokesman released this statement to NewsChannel 13:

"The report confirms that there was no structural damage to the Congress Street Bridge. This was an unprecedented event that occurred on the Hudson River.  We immediately conducted a thorough inspection to confirm the bridge was safe and reopened the bridge to motorists as quickly as possible."

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Jill Konopka

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