The Bear Mountain Bridge is a toll suspension bridge in New York State, carrying US 6/US 202 across the Hudson River between Rockland/Orange Counties and Westchester/Putnam Counties. From the time of its completion in 1924, it held the record for the longest suspension bridge in the world for 19 months, until it was surpassed by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.The span enables connections to the Palisades Interstate Parkway and US 9W on the west bank near Bear Mountain Inn to New York State Route 9D (NY 9D) on the east. It also carries the Appalachian Trail and New York State Bicycle Route 9 across the Hudson.The bridge has two lanes (one west, one east), separated by a dividing double yellow line. The span includes pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. Bicycling is legal on the roadway. Cyclists may walk their cycles on the pedestrian walkway.HistoryHudson Highland Suspension BridgePlans for a bridge at the site had been made as early as 1868. The following year, The New York Times reported that a contract had been signed and construction would "speedily commence" on the "Hudson Highland Suspension Bridge" between Fort Clinton and Anthony's Nose. The intent was to carry a railroad toward Derby, Connecticut, to supply coal and iron for industry in the lower Naugatuck Valley. The surface of the bridge was to be 150ft above high tide. In 1871 the newspaper reported that capital of $2.5 million had been raised and construction was expected to begin in 1875.