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Second span of Kosciuszko Bridge opens

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 1:17 pm | Updated: 12:29 pm, Thu Sep 5, 2019.

Gov. Cuomo announced the opening of the Brooklyn-bound, second span of the Kosciuszko Bridge on Wednesday.

The two-span Kosciuszko is the first major bridge crossing built in the city since the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge opened 55 years ago.

The opening of the new bridge — part of an $873 million design-build construction project — was accomplished four years ahead of schedule and on budget.

“Today isn’t just about a new bridge that is smart, functional, on-budget and done early — it’s also about what this bridge symbolizes,” Cuomo said. “At a time when we have so much negativity, frustration and anger in this country, this bridge is an example of what government and society can do when you focus on the positive. This is New York State at its best. We built this and we made this happen.”

The opening of the second span comes one month ahead of the target date that had been announced in May.

The two spans are meant to ease travel, enhance safety and reduce congestion by providing travelers with five Queens-bound travel lanes and four Brooklyn-bound travel lanes on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, plus a 20-foot-wide bikeway and walkway on the Brooklyn-bound span.

The first span opened in April 2017.

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