Kosciuszko Bridge dodges demolition, still stands in pieces

September 25, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The main span of the old Kosciuszko Bridge was lowered and barged out of New York in July. Its remaining pieces have yet to be demolished. Eagle file photo by Liliana Bernal
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After a series of on-again, off-again demolition dates, the old span of the Kosciuszko Bridge dodged another date with destruction Sunday after its main span was removed in July.

The old span that connected Greenpoint to Queens was supposed to be demolished on Sept. 24, but demolition was delayed for an unknown reason with no new date set in the future, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

The dismantled span will meet its final destruction in a series of surgical explosions.

The main span of the bridge was lowered over the course of about 16 to 18 hours on July 25 and 26 as part of the $873 million investment to replace the rusted bridge.

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A large hole in the air will sit next to the bridge’s vibrant replacement for passersby over Newtown Creek to see until the remaining sections of the bridge are removed.

The 125-foot span was barged out of the creek to a recycling facility in New Jersey.

Two new, six-lane spans will replace the old bridge that held traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The first span opened up in April and the other that will replace the demolished bridge is set for completion in 2020.

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