Governor Andrew Cuomo surprisingly announced that the second span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge will open this September, which would be 4 years ahead of schedule. To top it off, the cost of the bridge is within its projected budget. The accelerated schedule was thanks to using a process known as “design-build”. In design-build, the designer and contractor work together from the beginning, as a team, providing unified project recommendations to fit the state's schedule and budget. Any changes are addressed by the entire team, leading to collaborative problem-solving and innovation. There will be 9 car lanes: 5 Queens-bound, 4 Brooklyn-bound and a 20-foot-wide bikeway and walkway on the Brooklyn-bound span. JPCA President Tony Nunziato has been a member of the Kosciuszko Bridge Committee since its inception and is looking forward to the ribbon cutting on the second span.