Friday, April 28, 2017
Kosciuszko Bridge: Out with the old, in with the new
From CBS 2:
The first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Queens is open to traffic.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo marked the opening of the first span Thursday night with a dazzling LED light show synchronized to music.
The governor gave the audience a quick lesson on the correct pronunciation of the bridge’s name, that has long been a tongue twister and a headache for New Yorkers because of its constant traffic backups.
“I spent my childhood going back and forth across the bridge with my family,” Cuomo said. “The first time I heard my father use expletives was on this bridge.”
The new bridge is the first of two spans replacing the old, 78-year-old bridge connecting Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Maspeth, Queens. Traffic will go in both directions until the construction of the second span is complete, expected to be early 2020.