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Spick-and-span: New Kosciuszko Bridge opening with lightshow tonight!

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They’re building bridges!

Brooklyn will celebrate the debut of the first of two spans that will replace the old Kosciuszko Bridge tonight, and the first brand-new bridge to grace the Brooklyn skyline since the Verrazano-Narrows connected Kings County to the Rock in 1964.

Drivers should expect traffic delays on both sides of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway throughout the day, as lanes are closed and traffic is directed away from the old bridge and onto the new one.

Come nightfall, Cuomo has rigged the bridge to radiate a massive, multi-color light show, which will be synchronized to a similar display on the Empire State Building and to music played on iHeartRadio stations.

Cuomo announced in February that the old Kosciuzsko, opened in 1939, would go out with a bang, with workers carting away the span’s center portion and then rigging the remaining structure with explosives in order to speed up work.

The demolition was originally set to roughly coincide with the opening of the new bridge, but, as of Thursday morning, the bridge’s fiery doom won’t happen until the summer according to a spokeswoman for state Department of Transportation.

Recently, a group of musicians calling themselves the Kosciuszko Philharmonic Orchestra created an online petition requesting the city let it perform Tchaikovsky’s famed “1812 Overture” during the span’s obliteration, although they remain short of their goal with only 237 out of 1,000 signatures.

Once the new span is open, six lanes will take traffic from Brooklyn to Queens and vice versa. Construction of a second cable-stay span with six lanes of traffic headed to Kings County, is in the works and is scheduled to open in 2020.

The Brooklyn Paper has been covering the plans to build the bridge since at least 2009, when the legendary Will Yakowicz wrote a piece headlined “The billion-dollar bridge.” What ever happened to that guy?

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:59 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
Will Yakowicz would run through a wall to get a story.
April 27, 2017, 11:48 am
stan chaz from GRENNPOINT says:
TRULY AMAZING!
Your so-called "Brooklyn" Paper,
like Christopher Columbus no doubt,
has dicovered that there is a North Brooklyn.
Why neglect Greenpoint/Williamsburg?
Why ignore us?
April 27, 2017, 12:02 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
The new bridge will have 6 lanes in each direction, which will then narrow down to 3 or 4 lanes once you cross the water? How does this ease congestion if two lanes in each direction have to merge?
April 27, 2017, 1:20 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
I'm so excited about this new bridge, I can't wait to push someone off it and kill them!
April 28, 2017, 10:26 am
Ray H from Williamsburg says:
Inaccurate reporting here about the number of lanes when the second span is completed in 2020. When the second span is completed, there will be five lanes in the Queens-bound direction and four lanes (plus pedestrian/bike path) in the Brooklyn-bound direction.
April 28, 2017, 11:28 am
ROcky from Ok says:
Racist headline. The term is hispanic.
April 28, 2017, 11:44 am
Colin Mixson from Brooklyn Paper says:
Hi Ray,

You're correct that the Brooklyn-bound bridge will have four traffic lanes and a bike/pedestrian lane.

Until that bridge opens, however, the first of the new spans will have six lanes split evenly between Queens and Brooklyn-bound traffic. It will eventually have five lanes dedicated to Queens-bound traffic, with a shoulder added in place of the remaining lane.

And sometime before that happens, I'll yell at my editor and get that change regarding the second bridge.

Thanks,
Colin
April 28, 2017, Noon
John Q. Public from County of Kings says:
Compare the ACTUAL bridge built with your mock-up photo...Big difference in design and way more attractive in the latter!

The new span is anchored by a pair of grey concrete stanchions rising well up into the air, rather plain-looking...and, if I may add...WAY too close to the southern flight path into LaGuardia!
April 28, 2017, 12:55 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I still don't see why a new bridge had to be built when it would have been cheaper to just renovate the existing one.
April 28, 2017, 3:21 pm

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