By Serena Dai on July 10, 2014 2:10pm
GREENPOINT — Brooklyn residents near the Kosciuszko Bridge said designs for the new, $770 million project looked “beautiful,” but concerns about how construction would play over the next five years dominated a community meeting Wednesday.
The state Department of Transportation awarded a $555 million contract for the first phase — the largest contract in the state’s history — to build a new Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens over Newtown Creek.
The current bridge is unsafe and structurally unsound for the long term, DOT representative Robert Adams said at the meeting.
But with a new bridge in the works, locals said they are worried that officials will abandon the old one, which will continue to be used until its planned demolition in 2017.