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The old Kosciuszko Bridge will finally get blown up this month

By Clayton Guse
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Back in February, the announcement of the 78-year-old Kosciuszko Bridge's imminent demolition had New Yorkers buzzing. After all, it's not every day that you get to see a major piece of infrastructure blown to smithereens. This month, after a slew of scheduling changes, an odd wolf-oriented protest and the removal of the bridge's center span, we're finally getting the explosion we've been waiting for. 

Brooklyn Paper reports that the head of the 94th NYPD Precinct announced that the two remaining approach sections of the bridge are slated for demolition on Sunday, September 24. The streets adjacent to the sections in Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down on that day, keeping cars and community members safe from falling rubble. In July, the center span of the bridge was lowered onto a barge and shipped off to a scrapyard in New Jersey. Much to the dismay of kaboom enthusiasts, that part of the project involved no explosives whatsoever.

The upcoming demolition follows the construction of the first of two new Kosciuszko Bridge spans (which debuted in April with an expensive light show). The second section is scheduled to be completed in early 2020. In a matter of weeks, the good people of New York will be able to look at the sleek new cable-stayed structure without the obstruction of the clunky Kosciuszko of yore. 

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