MASPETH — Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the primary part of the brand new Kosciuszko Bridge Thursday afternoon, shifting drivers one step nearer to clearing one of many largest visitors choke factors on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
The primary of two spans opens to visitors on Thursday at eleven:30 p.m. and marks the midway level of a $825 million capital undertaking that is scheduled for completion in 2020.
The primary bridge will carry east and west sure visitors till contractors blow up the previous bridge and cart it away, then start to construct the second span instead.
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Cuomo joined native elected officers and group leaders at a festive ribbon slicing atop the recent tarmac, that includes a drum line, dancers, and a choir.
The governor rolled as much as the ceremony in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vintage 1932 Packard, in an effort to conjure the spirit of the deceased president remembered for his prolific public works tasks.
“For too lengthy we now have relied on the legacy of our grandparents,” he stated. “If you wish to proceed to steer then it’s a must to proceed to construct.”
Queens-born Cuomo recalled driving over the Kosciuszko Bridge as a toddler as a continuing supply of frustration for his household.
“The primary time I hear my father use expletives was on this bridge,” stated Cuomo. “Actually any time of the day the visitors would again up. It was actually a bottleneck for the entire metropolis.”
The previous rusted out seventy seven-yr-previous bridge, was designed to carry 10,000 automobiles a day, although at present one hundred eighty,000 cross over it, he stated.
The unique bridge shall be minimize up into three segments this summer time. The central half which spans the Newtown Creek will probably be lowered onto barges under, whereas the 2 segments over land on the Queens and Brooklyn sides will probably be rigged with dynamite, blown up after which chopped up and carted off as soon as they hit the bottom.
Later this yr the state will choose a contractor to construct the second stretch of bridge projected to value $270 million and can embrace a 20-foot bike and pedestrian walkway.