New Kosciuszko Bridge Opens to Traffic

Drivers are now crossing the brand new Kosciuszko Bridge.

The span opened to traffic at 11:30 on Thursday night after a grand opening ceremony that featured a light show.  The first phase allows for three lanes of traffic in each direction.

"The opening of the first span of the Kosciuszko Bridge is a major milestone for New York City that will serve hundreds of thousands of commuters every day,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

It’s New York City’s first new bridge since the Verrazano Bridge opened in 1964.  The original Kosciuszko Bridge made its debut in 1939. 

“This new bridge will ease congestion and improve our region’s transportation network while demonstrating that the Empire State continues to lead the nation in building state-of-the-art infrastructure projects that will serve New Yorkers for generations to come," Cuomo said.

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