For daily users of the bridge, it seemed like the day would never come. The clean and fresh looking new bridge sat taunting commuters who waited to merge onto the Long Island Expressway.
But the worries associated with the rattling old span, like a blown tire on a deteriorating roadway, are gone, except for the excruciating traffic that still plagues the Brooklyn-Queens connector.
The second span can’t come soon enough.
More importantly, it’s the second delivery on a promise that the Cuomo administration has made for New York City’s transit infrastructure, the first being the Second Avenue subway line. We’ve heard big talk about all these infrastructure improvements, and up until this point it had mostly been just that.
The completion of the new span of the Kosciuszko Bridge shows that projects can actually be finished – or half-finished, in the bridge’s case so far – so there’s hope for the renovations of JFK and LaGuardia airports and a reimagined Penn Station.
It’s now time to turn to the next big infrastructure project and for Governor Andrew Cuomo to take the lead, as it will require some cooperation from New Jersey.
The Gateway Tunnel is a new Hudson River train tube that could double capacity for commuters.
For New Yorkers the message to Cuomo is simple: keep building. The opening of the Kosciuszko Bridge was a great step toward a more movable New York City.