Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge

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Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge
Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge.jpg
Other name(s) The Twin Bridges
Carries 6 lanes (3 on NB bridge & 3 on SB bridge) of I-87
Crosses Mohawk River
Locale Halfmoon and Colonie, New York
Maintained by New York State Department of Transportation
ID number 4033181, 4033182
Design Twin through arch bridges
Opened 1959
Daily traffic 115,000 vehicles (average weekday)
Coordinates 42°47′29″N 73°45′41″W / 42.79152°N 73.76146°W / 42.79152; -73.76146Coordinates: 42°47′29″N 73°45′41″W / 42.79152°N 73.76146°W / 42.79152; -73.76146

The Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge, commonly referred to as the Twin Bridges, just "The Twins", or the "Dolly Parton Bridge", located in the United States, is a pair of identical through arch bridges, made of steel, which span the Mohawk River between the towns of Colonie, Albany County and Halfmoon, Saratoga County, in New York's Capital District. Each span carries three northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 87 between exits 7 and 8. The bridge opened in 1959 as part of the Adirondack Northway, a 176-mile highway linking Albany and the Canada-United States border at Champlain. The Interstate 87 section of the highway was formally inaugurated by Governor Nelson Rockefeller on May 26, 1961.[1]

The bridge is named (using an anglicized form) in honor of Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746–1817), the preeminent national figure in Poland's fight for independence. Kościuszko arrived in Colonial America a month after the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence and remained a notable military leader throughout the Revolutionary War, attaining the rank of general as well as honorary American citizenship. He returned to Poland in July 1784.

The decks on both sides of the bridge were replaced in the spring of 2013.[2]

Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge (Twin Bridges) 
Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge (View from the Mohawk River) 

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  1. ^ Robert Hall (1961-06-04). ""SPEEDING THE ADIRONDACK TOURIST; New Northway Section Ends Traffic Tie-Ups At Glens Falls" (''The New York Times'', June 4, 1961, Resorts and Travel section, page 7)". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ "I-87 Twin Bridges Deck Replacement". New York State Department of Transportation. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 

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