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.