Construction workers demolished the remains of the infamous Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City on Sunday to make room for city rebuilding projects.
The 78-year-old bridge on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was blown up at 8 a.m., causing a cloud of gray smoke to cover the ground, according to the New York Post. While the bridge was originally built to carry about 10,000 cars per day, the numbers swelled to 180,000 cars crossing each day, causing heavy traffic buildup and issues for all drivers involved, the New York Times reported.
“It’s really exciting,” New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney said. “This is a fun way to start the day, isn’t it? I think it’s the only time we’ve ever blown up a bridge.”
The construction of the new bridge will include two towers and suspension cables, and is expected to make the industrial area of the city look more elegant.
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