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Continued: Barge involved in wedding-party accident on NY's Hudson just a hint of river traffic to come

  • Article by: JIM FITZGERALD , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 29, 2013 - 3:30 PM

The safety zones will not be changing even as construction vessels multiply on the river, Rowe said.

"The safety zones are big enough to accommodate all the construction," he said. "They were established early on and we've published them on our website and out to mariners in various ways."

Rowe said boaters can be confident that the main channel of the river will always be open because "it's a vital shipping channel, with oil tankers and container ships, and it can't be obstructed. It's marked by buoys and it must be kept clear at all times."

He said boaters should simply approach the construction zone the way they would on a highway, "keeping your speed sensible."

As for enforcement, he wouldn't give specifics of Coast Guard deployment, but said, "Were I a mariner, I would be sure I follow the rules of the road in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge."

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