U.S. Coast Guard reportedly creating barge-boater safety plan ahead of increased dredging

Officials say the amount of barges will increase in the coming weeks as a major dredging operation for the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets underway.

The proposal stems from the increasing number of barges and cranes in the Hudson River connected to the new bridge project.

The proposal stems from the increasing number of barges and cranes in the Hudson River connected to the new bridge project. (8/5/13)

SOUTH NYACK - The U.S. Coast Guard is reportedly creating "exclusionary zones" to keep recreational boaters away from barges.

Officials say the amount of barges will increase in the coming weeks as a major dredging operation for the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets underway. The barges will be removing 951,000 cubic yards of slit and sand in order to make room for heavy-duty equipment.

The plan comes after a bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart, of Piermont, and the would-be best man Mark Lennon, of Pearl River, were killed in a crash with a barge last month.

The Coast Guard says the barge involved in the accident was properly lit at the time of the incident. 

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