PHOTOS: Skanska completes first phase of former Kosciuszko Bridge demo with lowering of main span
Chris Hill | August 11, 2017

Skanska USA recently completed the first phase of demolition of the former Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City with the lowering of the 2,400-ton main span onto two barges beneath the structure.

The following day, the barges floated the span measuring 300 feet long, 89 feet wide and 50 feet tall out to the East River. It will eventually be taken to a recycling facility.

The Queens-bound span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge was opened in April. Skanska USA was the lead partner of the Skanska-Kiewit-ECCO joint venture that built the structure for the New York State Department of Transportation. It is the first cable-stayed bridge in New York City and the first major bridge built in the city since 1964.

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. (Skanska USA)

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

The main span of the old Kosciuszko Bridge being the floated out to the East River, from where the main span was to be taken to a recycling facility. (Skanska USA)

A view of the new Kosciuszko Bridge after the main span of the old Kosciuszko 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. (Skanska USA)

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