The LIRR Expansion Project team is getting ready to reach its next major milestone: the installation of the new Glen Cove Road bridge in Carle Place.
Personnel from the MTA, LIRR and Third Track Constructors are steadfastly working to finalize construction of the new bridge behind the Macy’s Clearance Center, as well as preparing the abutments to support the new bridge.
Utilizing a method used over the past two years to replace bridges at Post Avenue, Cherry Lane and Nassau Boulevard, the current bridge will be removed and a new, 60-foot long, 285-ton bridge will be rolled in using specialized heavy-duty equipment. All this will occur over a single weekend from June 27th to 28th. The new bridge will have a 14-foot clearance above Glen Cove Road, leading to increased safety and train service reliability by virtually eliminating truck strikes.
During the weekend-long operation, train service will be suspended between Hicksville and Mineola stations, while Glen Cove Road will be closed to vehicular traffic in the area of the bridge replacement. Non-commercial vehicles can use the Meadowbrook Parkway as an alternative and commercial traffic can use Roslyn Road. Both Glen Cove Road and the new LIRR bridge will be opened to vehicle and train traffic for Monday morning service.
After the bridge is firmly set in place, LIRR crews will rebuild the track atop the bridge, reconnecting the existing two tracks. The bridge has a bay for a third track, which will be added in 2022 to expand the LIRR’s capacity, allow reverse commuting, and increase flexibility to allow the railroad to work around and more quickly recover from service disruptions.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the LIRR Expansion Project remains on budget and on scheduled for completion by yearend 2022.