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Bombs away! Old Kosciuszko Bridge will be detonated Sept. 24

Out with the old: The first phase of the state-led demolition of the 78-year-old Kosciuszko Bridge began on Tuesday, as a 300-foot long section of the span was slowly lowered onto two barges waiting in the Newtown Creek below.
Photo by Walter Karling

It’s about to blow!

The old Kosciuszko Bridge will be blasted into oblivion on Sept. 24, the head of the 94th Precinct announced at Wednesday night’s Community Council meeting.

Captain Peter Rose advised locals not to drive that Sunday while the beleaguered crossing to Queens is reduced to rubble.

The 2,400-ton center-section of the 78-year-old span was removed and shipped off on barges in July, but its approaches in Greenpoint and Queens were left in place and will be detonated by a controlled explosion.

In February, Gov. Cuomo boasted to CBS2 that he wanted to destroy the bridge quickly to make way for the final of two replacement crossings, but the span will go out with more of a whimper than a bang in a series of small, surgical detonations.

The demolition was originally set for this summer, but has been repeatedly delayed, Rose said.

The first of the two new Kosciuszkos opened in April with a light show, and construction on the second Brooklyn–Queens crossing, which is expected to finish in 2020, will begin after the original bridge is blown to dust.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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