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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Construction of LIRR Powell Creek, Hog Island Channel bridges continues

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Buses will replace train service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream the weekend of March 20-21 as work continues on the construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel.

The $24.5 -million project, which is funded through the MTA Capital Budget and federal grants, will also require train outages on three other weekends, including March 27-28, May 1-2 and May 15-16. Each of these weekends will be preceded by a public notification so that LIRR Long Beach Branch customers can plan ahead. The Railroad's goal is to complete the installation of both bridges before Memorial Day.

Both the Powell Creek Bridge (located between the LIRR's East Rockaway and Oceanside stations) and the Hog Island Channel Bridge (located between Oceanside and Island Park) were built in the 1920s, and have served the LIRR well for nearly 90 years. These two bridges are being replaced as part of the railroad's ongoing efforts to modernize its infrastructure and ensure safe and reliable service for our customers and neighbors for decades to come.

The existing Powell Creek and Hog Island Bridges are open-deck wooden and steel structures supported by wooden piles. These structures will be removed and replaced with pre-cast concrete structures, supported by reinforced concrete-filled, steel pipe piles, which will provide safer, closed-deck concrete roadbeds.

The project will also alleviate a recurring flooding condition at Powell Creek Bridge, which has at times led to delays and temporary service suspensions, by raising the elevation of the bridge by approximately one foot. Bridge walkways will also be installed at both locations to make it safer for LIRR employees.