NYC's most hated bridge will be blown up this summer!! 🙌🔥🍾 Built in 1939, the Kosciuszko Bridge is a truss bridge that spans Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens, part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The bridge has been a traffic bottleneck for as long as we can remember (probably since the day it opened), clogging up the BQE for several miles in each direction. Well for all of us who sat in traffic over the years, our wish has come true; Governor Cuomo announced that to speed up construction, the state will be blowing the bridge up this summer! A new cable-stayed bridge is currently under construction and plans to open this April. According to the state, the new design will "improve safety and reduce congestion through wider driving lanes, the addition of auxiliary lanes and shoulders, and a reduced grade which will make it easier for trucks to stay up to speed. Streetscape enhancements will be made in the areas surrounding the new bridge, including new trees and decorative lighting. Other enhancements to the community include new parks and open spaces, and improved access to the waterfront." The $550 million #KosciuszkoBridge will also include a path for pedestrians and bikers, which will be part of phase II of the project, opening in 2020.
Top:construction progress on the new bridge. Bottom: rendering of new bridge and streetscape improvements.