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Kosciuszko Faces Waterloo

the Kosciuszko bridge in NYC as seen from outerspace

Just what Greenpoint needs, another large scale construction project:

Kosciuszko Bridge Could Face Renovation,
Or Even Demolition In Near Future

"The state Department of Transportation is evaluating plans to either replace or refurbish the 68-year-old span that carries the Brooklyn-Queens expressway over the Newtown Creek. The state DOT outlined its six options at a public hearing in Greenpoint Thursday. The agency said safety is a major issue on the bridge, because of narrow lanes, insufficient shoulders and limited sight distance.

"It was built before interstate highways were even constructed so it has some features that really don't fit within in the interstate system, as well as the structure is just old, it was built in the ‘30s,” said Adam Levine of the state DOT.

Options include simply maintaining the bridge, rehabbing it while adding a parallel span, or demolishing the old bridge and building a new one or two. Except for the no-build option, the plans would displace some homes and businesses, like Karp Associates, a more than 50-year-old company in Maspeth that makes doors and shelves and employs one hundred people."

...how about we spend the money to improve the G train instead?


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