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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

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There’s a lot more to see (besides pollution) on Newtown Creek. Tugs transport fuel, aggregate, recycled materials and much of NYC’s garbage on the hidden waterway every day of the week.

You’ll likely recognize some familiar colors in these photos of “Tugs on Newtown Creek” by Mitch Waxman, WHC’s official photographer and Newtown Creek Alliance historian.

Want to see more? Join Working Harbor Committee on a 2-hour boat tour of the Newtown Creek on Sunday the 31st of May from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (tickets only $30!!) and learn about Newtown Creek’s importance as a vital maritime waterway is revealed in her historical, industrial past, present and future.

Reinauer’s Matthew Tibbetts on Newtown Creek, spitting distance from midtown Manhattan. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Franklin Reinauer transports fuel from Newtown Creek distribution facilities. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Matthew Tibbetts heading toward the Pulaski Bridge. Photo by Mitch Waxman

DonJon Marine’s Thomas D Witte transports twin barges filled with our garbage.Photo by Mitch Waxman

Mary H docked at Bayside Fuel. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Crystal Cutler cruises by SIM Metal Recycling, LIE in the background.Photo by Mitch Waxman

The Pulaski Bridge opens for McAllister’s Resolute, barge on the hip.Photo by Mitch Waxman

Ruby M. takes a barge up the creek for another load of aggregate. Photo by Mitch Waxman

 

Sunday 31st of May 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Newtown Creek Boat Tour
Click here for tickets!

Tour Departs from Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan at 11 am sharp. For more details click here.

by Mai Armstrong, all photos by Mitch Waxman, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee.

 

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