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Kosciuszko Bridge replacement to include bike lane, walking path

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Greenpointers are set to get a shiny new bike path and pedestrian walkway on one of the two spans replacing the decrepit Kosciuszko Bridge, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.

The two-way bike lane and walkway will not be finished for at least five years, but when it is, it will provide a view long available only to motorists driving over Newtown Creek on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

“It will be facing Manhattan so you’ll have a spectacular view of Manhattan,” state transportation department spokeswoman Diane Park said.

The state is set to demolish the span in 2017, when it will be 77 years old, and replace it with two suspension bridges, starting with a Queens-bound one, then beginning the Brooklyn-bound road in 2018 and wrapping work in 2020.

The bike lane has not yet been designed, nor has a contract been awarded for work on the second bridge that will hold it, so details are scant. Park did say that the path would be 20 feet wide. The bridges will also have more car lanes in both directions, the lanes will be wider, and the roadway will have less of a steep incline, Park said, as the bridge no longer needs to allow for big ships to pass beneath it. The state hopes the improvements will reduce driving delays by more than two thirds.

One Bushwick cyclist said he is looking forward to having a new way to get between the boroughs.

“Right now, you have to take sketchy industrial roads full of giant trucks to get to Queens,” James Callert said. “It will be cool to not worry about getting run over any time I want to go there.”

The neighboring Pulaski Bridge is set to get dedicated bike and pedestrian paths to alleviate the pandemonium that occurs during the warmer months on the narrow, shared path that is currently there. Construction of the paths, which are intended to replace a lane of car traffic, was supposed to have been completed by now, but work has not started. City transportation officials have declined to offer an explanation for the delay.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 2:59 pm, March 4, 2015
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
this bridge needs a toll too.
Feb. 27, 2015, 3:42 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I will only support a toll on the new bridge if those walking or riding a bicycle will also be paying it.
Feb. 27, 2015, 4:10 pm
ty from pps says:
that is a really high up bike path. don't fall off it.
Feb. 27, 2015, 5:56 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
it's also getting additonal motor vehicle lanes, which will lead to more car traffic.
Feb. 27, 2015, 7:59 pm
Down from Hill says:
Does a story about a new bike path really merit an EXCLUSIVE tag? It's nice you managed to spell the word correctly-- unlike the previous yawner of a yarn -- but still.

New bridge? Sure.

A bike path and walkway? No.
Feb. 28, 2015, 5:32 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In all honesty, I can't picture how to place both a walking and bike lane on a bridge that is part of a major expressway like this one is or who would even consider it safe to even use.
Feb. 28, 2015, 3:27 pm
Jim from Hells Kitchen says:
Pleasant, though it still won't be a major route for me as almost all my northern Brooklyn rides also use Queensboro to and from Manhattan.
Feb. 28, 2015, 5:10 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
McGuiness Boulevard needs a safe protected bike lane. Manhattan Ave. needs to become one way and also have a bike lane. Right now two way traffic on Manhattan ave. cars parked and bicyclists is a recipe for disaster.
March 1, 2015, 11:35 am
That "rendering" is from San Francisco says:
That photo is of the east span of the new Bay Bridge. The path is way wider than what's proposed for the Kosciuszko Bridge.

Also, why the hell are we widening highways in NYC??????????????
March 2, 2015, 9:18 am
TimK from outside says:
@Tal Barzilai: I agree...that everybody should pay in proportion to the maintenance burden their use imposes on the bridge.

Which means it would cost more to collect the tolls from pedestrians and cyclists than the revenue would be.
March 2, 2015, 10:43 am
Tom from Williamsburg says:
Nothing has made my decision to leave north brooklyn tha this post. I drive across that bridge everyday and it's a nightmare.

The traffic this will cause is immeasurable. Enjoy!
March 2, 2015, 12:30 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Why does the bridge need a toll?
March 2, 2015, 2:09 pm
Guest from NYC says:
A toll at this location might be counterproductive. Might see drivers on the streets/local bridges trying to avoid it. Best place for tolls are the East River bridges. If you want to reduce driving citywide, residential parking permits (eliminates the fraudulent insurers), raise the gas tax, and eliminate parking minimums.
March 2, 2015, 11:18 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Raising the gas tax won't reduce driving in the city.

Driving in the city is awful. It's obviously done out of necessity. There's nothing convenient about it - parking minimums, bicyclists who don't obey traffic laws.

If you want to pretend you live in Oregon or the Hudson Valley, go live there. Don't try and make life as difficult as possible through taxation for people just trying to live and work in NYC.
March 3, 2015, 1:14 pm
John from Sunnyside says:
So why are you idiots even talking about tolls???? There is absolutely no mention of tolls in the article!
March 4, 2015, 2:03 pm
Henry from Russell street says:
Bike nazis love tolls for cars in any way, shape, or form conceivable.
March 3, 2017, 4:44 pm

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