Kosciuszko Bridge Construction Chaos

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Bridge to the future — rendering of the Kosciuszko Bridge of the future

In Hesiod’s origin stories of the gods, Theogony, Chaos is a divine fundamental of creation.  Face it chaos plays a part of all creation.  It’s good to remember this when the rebuilding of the Kosciuszko Bridge and the shifting of the BQE kicks up a lot of dirt in your face literally and figuratively. This past October, Cherry Street became less cheery as it was closed to through traffic in order to facilitate the removal of buildings.  In November a permit was revised to have the noisier work occur during daytime hours reducing nighttime noise and light levels for the residents nearby. It is projected that this adjustment will also allow work to be completed around three months sooner.

The road closures, traffic tie-ups, and noise can be nasty bugbears to bear, but the $555Mil project will create jobs and boost local economy in the present. In the future, when the project is done, Brooklyn and Queens will have a sleek cable-stayed design bridge bringing a distinguishing element to the Brooklyn/Queens border. A new bikeway/walkway is planned as part of the bridge making it more of a joy for pedestrians and peddlers to get from on borough to the other. There will be new parks and open spaces in Brooklyn and Queens, plus improved access to the waterfront.

So far the construction status for the Estimated Substantial Completion Date of 11/22/2017 [the day the public (including vehicles and pedestrians) has full and unrestricted use and benefit of the facilities both from the operational and safety standpoint] is noted with a green-light, meaning it is on-time.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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