Demolition day: Center of old Kosciuszko span removed, sailed into sunset on barges

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.
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Call it a bridge too far gone.

Two barges sailed the center section of the old Kosciuszko Bridge into oblivion on Wednesday morning, ending the first phase of the 78-year-old span’s state-led demolition, which — sadly — did not feature any explosions.

Workers began lowering the 300-foot long, 50-foot tall section onto the vessels waiting 125 feet beneath it on Tuesday, using massive steel cables that dropped it at a rate of 20-feet-per hour.

The process concluded on Wednesday, as the barges floated the 2,400-ton chunk of metal down the Newtown Creek and into the East River.

The state plans to blow up the remaining ends of the severed bridge sometime in August, but has not set a specific date. It will recycle around 26-million pounds of metal from the old span, which opened in 1939 to replace the Meeker Avenue Bridge.

A new Kosciuszko Bridge opened in April to replace the aging Brooklyn–Queens crossing, and a sister span — which will also be named after Polish military engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who, ironically, is recognized for blowing up bridges during the American Revolutionary War — is set to debut in 2020.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, July 27, 2017
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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
I missed that old bridge when I either rode the B24 bus, a school bus, or a charter bus during my high school and college youth over that old span. However, as the old cliche goes: Out of the old, in with the new, like both the Goethals Bridge and the Tappan Zee bridge
July 27, 2017, 10:14 am
old man from greenpoint says:
God-- do we need such a tall replacement bridge- anymore --there is little boat traffic on Newtown Creek nowadays.
They should have taken that center span and put it accross the end of Manhattand Avenue in Brooklyn to link to Long Island City. There used to be a low drawbrighe there some 60 years ago
that was very easy to access between the two boroughs. And it would be ideal forthe proposed waterfront trolley instead of the Pulaski Bridge route. Or better yet, just fill in toxic Newtown Creek with concrete- no bridges needed!
July 27, 2017, 11:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the most part, whenever I turn to the traffic report be it New Radio 880 or 1010 Wins, I am always hearing traffic on the Kosciuszko Bridge, and that's mainly because it's part of the BQE, which is known for getting a lot of constant traffic.
July 29, 2017, 5:35 pm

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