Aug. 22, 2019 By Allie Griffin
Governor Andrew Cuomo will host an official grand opening of the Kosciuszko Bridge next week, as the second span opens four years ahead of schedule.
The Governor’s invite-only grand opening will happen on Wednesday, Aug. 28 and the new Brooklyn-bound span is expected to open to traffic next month, putting the project four years ahead of schedule as its original completion date was booked for early 2024.
The bridge brings drivers from Greenpoint, Brooklyn to the Sunnyside, Maspeth area in Queens and back along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Once completely open, it will have five Queens-bound traffic lanes and four Brooklyn-bound traffic lanes, as well as a 20-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path.
The first span of the $873 million project opened to traffic in both directions in April 2017, three years after construction began in 2014. The old bridge still standing next to the new span was demolished soon after to allow construction of the second span.
The new Kosciuszko Bridge will be the first new bridge built in the city in 55 years. Its predecessor was built in 1939 and at the time was designed to handle 10,000 vehicles, yet 200,000 vehicles driving over it every day in the 21st century meant severe traffic congestion and delays with daily bottle necking.
With its completion, highway delays in this stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway are expected to decrease by about 65 percent.
I walked under the old original bridge to go to PS110 (1st -6th grade) in the mid-late 1950’s
how does something finish 4 years ahead of schedule? what kind of planning is this? sounds like more bs from cuomo, the guys a clown. clowns are scary.
Rumor has it Andrew’s going to commemorate the opening by having Fredo thrown off the bridge into Newtown Creek.
Can’t they just open the dang bridge without a photo opportunity “ceremony” so all the political hacks can grandstand?
“highway delays in this stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway are expected to decrease by about 65 percent.”
Lol! Yeah, my guess is about 5 percent.
At the event he will probably announce that it will now be called the Matilda Cuomo Bridge.
Better than Bill Deblasio Bridge because it’s in Deblasio City!
hey, 4 years ahead of schedule?! you sure they poured all necessary cement in it?! Fredo’s older brother is a piece of ***t but he did well with this one ))
Anyway we could hold that off until he fixes the subway?
The subway is unfixable. It’s a 100 year network of trash. It would have to be teared apart and rebuilt entirely. All they doing is hot fixing it, but what can you do? No one knows the answer and i mean no one. The system has been broken for decades, it’s just now more serious and lucky for us, we haven’t had any catastrophic losses (*knock on wood*).