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The Kosciuszko Bridge will be blown up this weekend

The Kosciuszko Bridge will be blown up this weekend”

"The new Kosciuszko Bridge is a triumph, showing the world that NY is meeting big challenges and getting things done, rejuvenating our transportation infrastructure and supporting economic growth", Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The first span of the new bridge, featuring three lanes of traffic in each direction, opened amid much fanfare.

The last standing sections of the 78-year-old Brooklyn-Queens span will be imploded October 1 in the pyrotechnically spectacular penultimate chapter of New York State's $873 million, way-ahead-of-schedule replacement effort. By comparison, the original bridge was built for only 10,000.

Its main span was lowered onto a barge and removed in July. Energetic felling is not an explosion, rather small charges are placed at key joints on the bridge like tiny surgical instruments that cut key steel connections, allowing gravity to do the work. When it opens, it will offer five lanes on the Queens-bound side and four lanes and a pedestrian path on the Brooklyn-bound side. The span is projected to carry roughly 200,000 commuters daily, according to Cuomo's office.

"The new Kosciuszko Bridge is a triumph, showing the world that NY is meeting big challenges and getting things done, rejuvenating our transportation infrastructure and supporting economic growth", Cuomo said in a statement, adding that it was the first major bridge to open in the city in more than 50 years.

The blow-up, which Gov. Cuomo's office referred to in a press release as an "energetic felling", will happen Sunday morning at 8. The process is said to meet all NY codes, including FDNY and MTA Codes.

After the $500 million renovation is completed in 2020 motorists will have access to two new spans of bridge.

If you don't win the bridge lottery you can always just find a regular old viewing area.

The lottery closes at noon on Saturday, and lucky winners will receive an email announcing if they've been selected and where to go.



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