Kosciuszko Bridge (New York City)

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Kosciuszko Bridge
The bridge as seen from the upstream Queens side
Carries I-278 (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway)
Crosses Newtown Creek
Locale Brooklyn and Queens, New York City
Maintained by New York State Department of Transportation
Design truss bridge
Total length 6,021 feet (1,835 m)
Longest span 300 feet (91 m)
Clearance below 125 feet (38 m)
Opened 1939
Daily traffic 181,783 (2008)[1]
Preceded by Greenpoint Avenue Bridge
Followed by Grand Street Bridge
Coordinates 40°43′40″N 73°55′45″W / 40.72777°N 73.92920°W / 40.72777; -73.92920Coordinates: 40°43′40″N 73°55′45″W / 40.72777°N 73.92920°W / 40.72777; -73.92920

The Kosciuszko Bridge /ˌkɒziˈɒskoʊ, ˌkɒʒiˈɒʃkoʊ/[2] is a truss bridge that spans Newtown Creek between the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, connecting Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Maspeth, Queens. It is a part of Interstate 278, which is also locally known as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The bridge opened in 1939, replacing the Penny Bridge from Meeker Avenue in Brooklyn to Review Avenue and Laurel Hill Boulevard, and is the only bridge over Newtown Creek that is not a drawbridge. It was named in honor of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish volunteer who was a General in the American Revolutionary War.[3] Two of the bridge towers are surmounted with eagles, one is the Polish eagle, and the other the American eagle.[4]

Plans are underway to replace the current structure with a new nine-lane bridge, which will consist of two eastbound spans and one westbound span, and it will include a bike path and a walkway.[5] Four designs were under consideration for the new structure, which include a cable-stayed bridge, a through arch bridge, a box girder bridge and a deck arch bridge. The cable-stayed bridge design selected after a public review process, which will make the replacement bridge the first of its type in New York City since the Brooklyn Bridge (which has a hybrid suspension/cable-stayed design). Construction was originally expected to begin in 2013[6] but will now begin in winter 2014. About 140 trees were removed on both sides of the bridge in April 2014 in preparation for the rebuilding, though officials say that twice the number of trees will be replanted once the bridge's reconstruction is complete.[7]


  1. ^ "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes 2008" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. March 2010. p. 97. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  2. ^ Kosciuszko Bridge Project Open House, Introduction on YouTube
  3. ^ Mooney, Jake (February 13, 2009). "Plans and Wary Neighbors for an Icon of Gridlock". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ Rafferty, Brian (April 5, 2007). "Bridge Plan Up For Public Approval". Queens Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-19. [dead link]
  5. ^ Angelos, James (April 10, 2009). "Uneasily Contemplating the Arrival of a Spiffy Newcomer". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  6. ^ Chinese, Vera (April 25, 2012). "Construction on new Kosciuszko Bridge to begin in 2013, a year ahead of schedule". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  7. ^ Furfaro, Danielle (2014-04-03). "DOT chopped 53 trees to save Northern long-eared bat Kosciuszko Bridge pain • The Brooklyn Paper". Brooklynpaper.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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