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The New Kosciuszko Bridge Opens

Daniel Moriarty, Contributor

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The Opening of The New Kosciuszko Bridge in Queens, NY.

QUEENS (Kings County / City of New York), NY — The infamous Kosciuszko Bridge can finally be torn down this summer thanks to the opening of the first-Cable Stayed Bridge in the state of New York.  The old bridge was a high truss bridge carrying (278), referred to as the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE), that was known for traffic nightmares.  The steep incline of the bridge caused trucks to slow down, causing cars to slow down, and instigating traffic mayhem.  The newer bridge will be lower, because large ships no longer travel through Newtown Creek, the border between Brooklyn and Queens.  It will also feature a slower incline, which will stop trucking speed problems.   However, the new bridge will retain it’s old name.  The bridge will be named after Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish volunteer who became an American General in the Revolutionary War.  In 1938, when the bridge was opened, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia cited Kosciuszko’s leadership to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s leadership during the Great Depression.  Speaking of President Roosevelt, when Governor Cuomo led the procession over the bridge, he was driving FDR’s 1932 Packard, which has been in a museum for 30 years.  The second Kosciuszko Span will open in a few years, and will stand in the place the old span currently rests.

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The New Kosciuszko Bridge Opens