Stay Prepared and Review the Updated Detour Plans
Out of all of the benefits to be received by the LIRR Expansion Project, LIRR riders and residents along the Main Line corridor will immediately see a change thanks to the eight grade crossing eliminations and eight bridge modifications/replacements.
With the upcoming “roll-in” of the new Cherry Lane Bridge, the LIRR Expansion Project is making a significant leap forward.
In service since 1953, the low-hanging Cherry Lane Bridge has been the site of many accidents over the years as a result of trucks striking the bridge, resulting in train and traffic delays while LIRR crews worked to determine the bridge’s safety and structural stability.
The new bridge will increase the vertical clearance and accommodate the third track, improving LIRR system infrastructure and service reliability, and ensuring that traffic in and around Cherry Lane continues to move without incident.
What is a “roll-in”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is…priceless. Cherry Lane Bridge will be replaced using a similar method successfully used at LIRR’s Post Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which was completed over a single weekend in October 2017. Take a look here for a time-lapse look at the “roll-in” of the Post Avenue Bridge.
What you can expect
As many area residents are aware, 3TC has been using the area just north of the bridge on Cherry Lane to build the superstructure, and a detour for a limited area has been in place since April.
To prepare for and execute the “roll-in” of the new bridge, however, 3TC will need to close Cherry Lane from Mineola Avenue to Mallard Road from May 31 through the early morning of June 3. The full detour will go in to effect at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
The area surrounding the closure will remain open to local traffic. Vehicles heading in either direction will be directed to use Old Country Road, Glen Cove Road, Westbury Avenue, and Ellison Avenue to avoid the area.
For those who live in the affected area, flaggers will be strategically placed at each intersection to guide residents to their homes and may be dispatched at any time to assist with navigation around the work. In addition, the Town of North Hempstead will institute temporary “no parking” regulations during the construction project, to further alleviate traffic in the area.
We also would like to assure you that emergency responders are aware of the closure and the detour plan.
For Westbury area and Carle Place LIRR commuters, on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, there will be no train service at Carle Place Station and Westbury Station due to the Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement Project. Please use Mineola Station or Merrick Stations for LIRR service. For more information, www.mta.info/lirr or call 511.