Old & New Kosciuszko Bridges, 3

The Kosciuszko Bridge, opened in 1939, carries I-278 (the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, or BQE) over Newtown Creek, which divides Brooklyn and Queens. The old bridge is being replaced with side-by-side cable-stay bridges that will include 9 lanes of traffic, plus a bike lane and a pedestrian walkway. My first post on the new Kosciuszko Bridge is here (March 2016), second is here (January 2017).

By late January 2017, the last of the cable stays on the eastbound bridge were in place.

Eastbound Kosciuszko Bridge with all the cable stays in place, late January 2017. Photo copyright (c) 2017 Dianne L. Durante

The eastbound side of the new bridge opened to traffic on April 27, 2017. The 1939 bridge is still standing, at left in this photo.

Kosciuszko Bridge with eastbound roadway open to traffic. Photo copyright (c) 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Kosciuszko Bridge from eastbound roadway, with old bridge at left. Photo copyright (c) 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Kosciuszko Bridge with eastbound roadway open to traffic; old bridge at right. Photo copyright (c) 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Kosciuszko Bridge with eastbound roadway open to traffic. Photo copyright (c) 2017 Dianne L. Durante

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About Dianne L. Durante

I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others who need and enjoy such art, but don't have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, From Portraits to Puddles, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.

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