Span-demonium: Kosciuszko Bridge replacement, years of road closures begin

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Get ready for years of closures and delays on and around the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The state transportation department is gearing up for at least five years of work to build two new, side-by-side bridges that are set to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge. The closures have started and will affect 11 blocks and a park, according to the agency. A roads spokeswoman said the footprint is not huge, considering the scale of the job.

“When you think about the extent of the project, it is really only affecting a very small area,” Diane Park said.

Cherry Street closed between Porter and Scott avenues a few weeks ago as the state prepares to begin construction in the spring. Despite the supposed imminent start of construction, Park said that the bridges’ design has not been finalized. Work crews have also taken over Sgt. William Dougherty Park on Vandervoort Avenue, and are supposed to use it to store construction vehicles and materials at least until 2019.

Starting sometime in the coming year, the Williamsburg-bound side of Meeker Avenue is set to close for at least six months between Apollo and Sutton streets, while a lane of the Newtown-Creek-bound side is set to close between Kingsland and Porter avenues. Vandervoort is also set to close between Meeker and Anthony Street, at a time yet to be announced. Park did not say whether the on- and off-ramps at the foot of the bridge would be affected.

The state is planning to build the bridges in two phases, first by constructing a Queens-bound span beside the Queens-bound side of the existing bridge. That work is set to wrap in 2017. Then, the transportation department says it will tear down the existing bridge and build a Brooklyn-bound span in its footprint. That work is supposed to take until 2020, and while it is underway, traffic is supposed to run in both directions on what will become the Queens-bound bridge.

A Greenpointer said that the road closures are a necessary evil.

“It will be annoying for a while, but the old bridge cannot last forever, so we have to deal with it,” Joe Mosely said.

The redo will move the footprint of the Newtown Creek crossing slightly, opening up space that is currently under the overpass along the Williamsburg-bound side of Meeker Avenue. The state plans to hold a series of community meetings to brainstorm ideas about what should become of the new plots.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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ty from pps says:
i sure hope the new one has a bike lane!
Dec. 31, 2014, 7:43 am
ty from pps says:
Funny, other ty.

Replacing the bridge I'm sure is far overdue -- but the real problem is the LIE interchange. Unless they do something about that, we'll just have a lot of time to *look* at the new bridge, the same way we stare at it now.

By the way, driving over this stretch of highway yesterday... I'm really not sure which is worse, the huge potholes or the new ditches. They didn't mill the old surface down and just added a 4 inch layer of asphalt creating a huge ditch at each expansion joint. Bang. Bang. Bang.
Dec. 31, 2014, 10:29 am
Jules from Williamsburg says:
Yes the resurfacing job of the existing bridge is the worse job I have seen in 30 plus years driving in was smoother before it was resurfaced
Dec. 31, 2014, 5:35 pm
Ted from Williamsburg says:
Seriously though, who even takes that bridge?!
Dec. 31, 2014, 8:07 pm
Emergency from NYC says:
"...worst job I've ever seen" is an understatement.

It's outright dangerous. Vehicles without super suspensions, especially trucks, loose contact with the pavement as they straddle one expansion section(joint) to another.

This condition will cause a vehicle to loose control in an abrupt stop or lane change situation. The problem will become exacerbated in wet or icy conditions.

I hope the city reads this as a known hazard which goes unaddressed makes them a responsible party.

Fix it ASAP before someone gets hurt or killed!

Also, hold the contractor accountable for this shoddy work - both in non-payment and the cost of removal. Garbage work like this should not be acceptable and should come with hefty penalties.

Have a safe New Years - the best you can considering.
Jan. 1, 2015, 8:06 am
Ian from Williamsburg says:
Please modify plans to accommodate a new rail line. This is silly to spend billions and not allow for subways in one of the most rapidly growing areas of the city.
Jan. 3, 2015, 8:58 am
MUTLEY from Greenpoint says:
A bike lane ? Really? This ain't Mayberry ! Welcome to New York !
Jan. 5, 2015, 11:05 pm

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