Yesterday afternoon, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) sent me a reminder press release about Oyster Bay service being affected for the next 2 weekends due to bridge replacement work. Here are the complete details:
Vans will replace trains between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road’s Oyster Bay Branch the weekends of November 14-15 and November 21-22 as the Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck is replaced. In addition, West Shore Road will be closed to highway traffic and detoured as the bridge work progresses this weekend, November 14-15.
The Shore Road Bridge replacement project is part of the LIRR’s regular bridge maintenance and modernization program. This bridge was first installed in 1910 and has served the LIRR’s Oyster Bay Branch well for nearly a century.
Train Service Impacts
The track between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley will be out of service beginning Friday, November 13 at 10:01 PM through Monday, November 16 at 2:01 AM. Again on Friday, November 20 at 10:01 PM through Monday, November 23 at 2:01 AM. Van service will replace trains between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley as follows:
During these weekends, eastbound Oyster Bay Branch trains will terminate at Locust Valley. Oyster Bay-bound customers will board vans at Locust Valley to complete their trips to Oyster Bay. Customers should expect additional travel time of eleven minutes.
During these weekends, westbound Oyster Bay Branch trains will originate from Locust Valley. Oyster Bay customers will board vans at Oyster Bay Station and proceed directly to Mineola to ensure connecting train service. Oyster Bay customers should expect up to 30 minutes additional travel time. Customers should pick up a copy of the special weekend November 14-15 and November 21-22 Oyster Bay Branch timetable for van departure times from Oyster Bay Station.
The work on the bridge replacement will also close West Shore Road from 8:00 PM, Friday, November 13 through 4:00 AM, Monday, November 16. Police and LIRR personnel will be on scene to detour highway traffic in the area. See the attached detour route below for details.
Thirty-four passenger trains (17 eastbound and 17 westbound) travel over this bridge daily. Approximately 1,900 customers use the Oyster Bay Branch each day.
Bridge replacement became a priority in recent years due to the structure’s age and because of structural damage from vehicular strikes, a reported seven strikes since 2002 and numerous unreported strikes over the years. The new structure will be raised approximately 14 inches to approximately 13-feet seven inches highway clearance. Funding for this project, approximately $3.4 million, is provided by the Federal Transit Administration.
The work includes replacement of the bridge itself with a prefabricated span along with infrastructure reconstruction including bridge seats rehabilitation, reconstruction of bridge abutments and wing walls, installation of new approach slabs and ballast retaining structures at four corners. The old bridge will be hoisted out of place and replaced with the new prefabricated bridge using a high capacity crane during this coming weekend.
Customers should pick up a copy of the special weekend November 14-15 and November 21-22 Oyster Bay Branch timetable at their stations or at all terminals.
xoxo Transit Blogger