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Old Kosciuszko Bridge demolished, makes way for second span

Oct. 1, 2017 Staff Report

The remaining sections of the old Kosciuszko Bridge were demolished Sunday morning in an implosion.

The final pieces of the 78-year-old bridge—that connects Brooklyn and Queens–came down at 8 a.m. as part of a $873 million project to reconstruct the Kosciuszko Bridge.

The old bridge’s main span over Newtown Creek was taken down in July when it was lowered into the water and floated down river.

The first span of the new bridge opened in April. The demolition clears the way for construction of a second span. The new span is slated to be fully by 2019.

“The energetic felling of the approach spans of the former Kosciuszko Bridge marks another milestone in the construction of the first major new bridge in New York City in more than fifty years and is one more sign that New York State is building a brighter future,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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