Let me first apologize for the lack of updates recently. I have been extremely busy working on a major music project that should be launched in the coming months. I’ve also been busy looking for a new place to live. So I have not had the time to blog as I normally do. Anyhow, back to the main topic at hand which is to note that I have updated the service diversions for this weekend & next week (beyond in some cases).
So I advise you to print out a copy prior to any traveling. Also for those readers using the LIRR Oyster Bay branch, be prepared for another weekend of disruptions due to the Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck being replaced. Here is a quick reminder sent to me by the LIRR:
Vans will replace trains between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road’s Oyster Bay Branch this weekend, November 21-22 as work continues on the replacement of the West Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck. While the work is performed this weekend, West Shore Road will remain open for highway traffic, there will be no detour route required.
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 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 this weekend, 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 this weekend, 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 21-22 Oyster Bay Branch timetable for van departure times from Oyster Bay Station.
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. During the first phase of the bridge replacement work last weekend, the old bridge was hoisted out of place and replaced with the new prefabricated bridge using an 800-ton capacity crane, the largest crane ever used on LIRR property.
The remaining work this weekend includes the completion of the retaining wall installation.
Lastly, for those subway riders who might have planned on using the Broadway/Nassau – Fulton St transfer hub, please note that transfers will not be available between the lines serving these stations due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project. Here are the details courtesy of a press release sent to me by the MTA:
MTA NYC Transit announces that due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project, ramp and passageway access will be closed this weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 23.
Customers will not be able to transfer between the 23 and A trains. They may transfer between the 23 and the uptown A at Park Place-Chambers Street. Brooklyn-bound A trains will operate on the F line between West 4th Street and Jay Street this weekend. Travelers wishing to make a transfer between the uptown A and the downtown 45 must ask the station agent for a transfer ticket, exit the station and reenter at Broadway.
In addition, there are no transfers at Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau Street between 23 and 45 trains. Customers should plan to transfer between the 23 and 4 at Nevins Street in Brooklyn. Signs announcing the service changes have been posted on trains and station platforms and pamphlets are also available at the station booth. Station personnel and platform conductors will be on hand to help riders with directions. Announcements will be made on the affected trains and at the station. We apologize for any inconvenience to customers and urge them to allow extra time for travel.
The alternate connecting points can be seen on the service diversions page under each respective line affected. As always, have a safe & wonderful weekend!
xoxo Transit Blogger