Kosciuszko Bridge Progress, 4

For earlier photos, see the Bridges tag in the Obsessions cloud at right.

For a short time in the summer of 2017, the old and new Kosciuszko Bridges (1939 and 2017) crossed Newtown Creek side by side.

Kosciuszko Bridge with eastbound roadway open to traffic, and old bridge at left. April 2017. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Since it’s above a navigable waterway, the center span of the old bridge was dismantled piece by piece. The spans at either end were brought down by controlled demolition in early October 2017. Soon afterwards, a peculiar series of zigzag pieces was visible when crossing the new bridge.

On the new Kosciuszko Bridge (eastbound roadway), with the remains of old bridge at left. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

My husband and I, who are insatiably curious about New York infrastructure, visited the site of the old bridge a few weeks ago. For the equally curious, here are pics.

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge, with the new bridge in the foreground. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge, with the new bridge in the foreground. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge, with the new bridge in the foreground. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge, with the new bridge in the background. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Remains of old Kosciuszko Bridge, with the new bridge in the background. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Progress on the Goethals Bridge (Staten Island to New Jersey)

I think the Goethals is winning the race. This photo was taken October 22, 2017. The Kosciuszko Bridge will get a second span, but the remains of the old bridge have to be removed first.

The new Goethals Bridge. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

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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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