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– photo by Mitch Waxman


The Kosciuszko Bridge, is in the process of being replaced by a brand new span. The Kosciuszko carries the infamously traffic-locked BQE that connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Maspeth, Queens.


– photo by Mitch Waxman

The bridge spans the polluted waters and sediments of Newtown Creek, which is of one of NYC’s (now numerous) superfund sites.


– photo by Mitch Waxman

Mitch, being  a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Group for the Kosciuszko Bridge project, had the opportunity to get a look at the project up close, having been invited out by the NYS DOT for a look-see.


– photo by Mitch Waxman

Newtown Pentacle: The Kosciuszko project involves not just the construction of a new K bridge, and the demolition of the 1939 original, but the rerouting and redesign of the 2.1 miles of approach roads.

These roads include the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and the notoriously problematic cloverleaf exchange the BQE has with the Long Island Expressway. The project is being run by the NYS Department of Transportation, and executed by a partnership between Skanska, AECOM, and Kiewit. Skanska is the managing partner for the two-phase project, the first part of which (half the new bridge, roadwork, and demolition of the original) is budgeted at $550 million.


– photo by Mitch Waxman

You should definitely check out Mitch’s extensive reporting on the progress and his “fairly exclusive” photos that accompany his post here


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

City of Newburgh, NY. Photo by Daniel Case from the walkway on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge via wikipedia (CC 3.0)


The Times Herald-Record reports that, the City of Newburgh, NY has issued an advisory to avoid contact with Hudson River waters after untreated sewage was detected in the river.

Investigations uncovered a misdirected main mistakenly attached to an outfall pipe, which resulted in sanitary (toilets and sinks) water discharging directly into the Hudson, bypassing the sewage treatment process altogether.


Combined sewer outfall pipe. Photo by eutrophication & hypoxia via flickr. (CC 2.0)


Rerouting the sanitary main to the appropriate pipes will take about 2 weeks, according to Newburgh engineers.

Read more from the Times Herald-Record here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, h/t to Evan Burrows | Rub It Til It Smokes


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