New York City bridge comes down after several delays

The old Kosciuszko Bridge was originally set to implode over the summer.

September 29, 2017
CDR Staff
The old Kosciuszko Bridge that connects the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens is scheduled for demolition on Oct. 1, a report by says. The demolition comes after a series of delays for undisclosed reasons. Originally, the bridge was to be demolished over the summer.

Demolition will be done through energetic felling, which requires the placement of small charges at key joins of the structure that will break apart and collapse the bridge when charged, the report says.

The bridge opened in 1939, and was originally intended to carry 10,000 vehicles per day. The report says by the time it closed in April, 180,000 vehicles were using the bridge per day.

In April, the structure was replaced by the first span on the new Kosciuszko Bridge. The new bridge features three lanes of traffic in each direction. The second span is expected to open in 2020 and will have five lanes on the Queens-bound side and four lanes with a pedestrian path on the Brooklyn-bound side.