2017-08-09 / Features

Skanska USA Completes First Phase of Demolition Of Former Kosciuszko Bridge


The Skanska-led joint venture team lowers the 5 million pound span of the former Kosciuszko Bridge onto two barges below, with the new Queens bound Kosciuszko Bridge illuminated in the background. 
Photos courtesy of Skanska USA The Skanska-led joint venture team lowers the 5 million pound span of the former Kosciuszko Bridge onto two barges below, with the new Queens bound Kosciuszko Bridge illuminated in the background. Photos courtesy of Skanska USA On Tuesday, July 25, Skanska USA used steel cables to lower the main span of the former Kosciuszko Bridge – a 300-foot-long, 89-foot-wide, and 50-foot-tall span weighing almost 5 million pounds – down 125 feet onto two barges below. The next day, the two barges were floated out to the East River, from where the main span was to be taken to a recycling facility.

Skanska USA joined Governor Cuomo and other elected officials in April to celebrate the grand opening of the new Queens bound span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. Skanska USA was the lead partner of the Skanska-Kiewit-ECCO joint venture that built the new Kosciuszko Bridge for the New York State Department of Transportation. It is the first cable-stayed bridge in New York City, and the first major bridge constructed in the city since the Verrazano Bridge in 1964.



The old (r.) and new (l.) Kosciuszko Bridges pictured side by side as the Skanska-led joint venture team lowers the former Kosciuszko Bridge onto two barges below. The old (r.) and new (l.) Kosciuszko Bridges pictured side by side as the Skanska-led joint venture team lowers the former Kosciuszko Bridge onto two barges below.

A view of the new Kosciuszko Bridge after the main span of the old bridge had been lowered and floated out to the East River, from where the main span was to be taken to a recycling facility at Jersey City. A view of the new Kosciuszko Bridge after the main span of the old bridge had been lowered and floated out to the East River, from where the main span was to be taken to a recycling facility at Jersey City.

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