Aging Kosciuszko Bridge to Be Replaced

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A view of the Kosciuszko Bridge from Queens. (Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive/Getty)

The aging Kosciuszko Bridge — which connects Brooklyn to Queens via the BQE — will be replaced to the tune of $460 million, the state announced this week.

The upgrade is part of a $1.2 billion program of accelerated road and bridge repair and is the single biggest project to come from the New York Works infrastructure program signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last week.  

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin by next April 1, and the new structure is expected to be ready by 2017.  It is one of hundreds of structurally deficient bridges around the state. 

New York Works is a so-called infrastructure bank that draws from pooled  government and private funding  designed to speed up spending on big infrastructure projects.

The program will also coordinate big capital construction projects of 45 agencies and authorities, including the MTA, Port Authority and dozens of others.

It will operate under a 15-member governing board, with 9 members appointed by the governor and six by thesState Legislature.  The initial funding decisions were made before the board has been named.

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Comments [1]

Tom from Brooklyn

This is wonderful news. The "K-Bridge" as my wife and I call it needs to be replaced. I worry, however, about the traffic congestion the new construction will create. How will the DOT direct traffic over that waterway while the new bridge is being constructed? I assume the new bridge -- still named for Tadeusz Kościuszko, I hope -- will be built next to the old structure and traffic itself won't be impacted until it's time to open the new span? Will WNYC do a follow up on this story? this part of the BQE is so busy and central to connections to/from the LIE that this is more than just some minor road repair.

Apr. 05 2012 01:13 PM

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