Span Connects Brooklyn And Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The deteriorating Kosciuszko Bridge will undergo a major overhaul, starting this fall.

“We’re going to be making it into a brand new, beautiful bridge and correcting all the problems with it,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller on Friday.

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She said that the span connecting Brooklyn and Queens over the Newtown Creek is rated one of the worst bridges in New York State.

“It’s dangerous for residents. It’s dangerous for commuters. It’s dangerous for anyone who gets on that bridge,” Maloney said. “There’s [a] tremendous amount of accidents. It’s from five to 30 accidents there than any other area.”

Traffic is also a nightmare.

“There’s a tremendous delay time, over 708 hours a year,” Maloney said.

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The project, which will, like the new Tappan Zee Bridge, be a design-build model, is estimated to cost over $800 million, Maloney said.

“85 percent of that money is from the federal government,” she said.

The building of additional parkland will also be part of the project.

It’s slated for completion by the spring of 2018. The original bridge opened in 1939.

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