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Kosciuszko contract expected within weeks

State DOT finishing review of bids to replace 1939 bridge to Brooklyn

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:30 am

Beau Duffy, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the agency is finishing up the procurement phase.

“We have four proposals from pre-qualified construction teams,” Duffy told the Chronicle on Tuesday. “They’re under review, and we’ll likely be granting an award for the project contract either later this month or sometime in February. After that, we’ll have a timeline for construction.”

The truss bridge, which is famed in song, story and early-morning rush hour traffic reports, often is cursed by those who navigate it.

It spans Newtown Creek between Maspeth and the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

The bridge is 6,021 feet long and rises 125 feet over the creek. It was named for Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish national who fought with the Americans in the Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of general.

Gov. Cuomo fast-tracked funding for the project in 2012, moving up the process by a year or more. Initial estimates have placed the cost at between $515 and $550 million and completion time at about four years.

The DOT opted for a cable-stayed design when the public preferred it to three other options. It also is considered the most expensive to build.

A cable-stayed design has the towers bear the weight with cables running to them from the deck.

A suspension bridge, such as the Throgs Neck or Whitestone, has two main weight-bearing cables that run between two towers. Smaller cables then connect the main cables to the bridge deck. The Brooklyn Bridge is considered a hybrid of suspension and cable-stayed design.

The new bridge will be built alongside the existing one.

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