September 29, by Nathaly Pesantez
The old spans of the Kosciuszko Bridge will be removed through a demolition on Sunday, and those interested in viewing the event in person can sign up for an online lottery now.
The online lottery, organized by Governor Cuomo’s office, is open until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Directions to the location will be provided after email registration.
Guests will arrive at a designated viewing area near the bridge, and will be notified of their selection via email on Sept. 30.
Access the lottery here.
Contractors will implode the old steel truss spans in both Brooklyn and Queens to the ground, where the trusses will then be dismantled using heavy equipment and removed, according to a statement from Governor Cuomo’s office.
The 20 trusses to be imploded are a combined 3,100 feet in length and weigh 22 million pounds. Once lowered, the steel from the approaches will be recycled as scrap metal.
Traffic on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway will be stopped about five to 10 minutes before detonation, and is expected to resume about 15 minutes after detonation, during which time the BQE will close.