Cherry Lane Bridge, located in the Town of North Hempstead along the LIRR Main line, has been removed and replaced with a taller three-track structure over the weekend of June 1st and 2nd 2019.
The original low-hanging bridge had been in service since 1953 and the site of many accidents over the years due to trucks striking the bridge: these strikes caused train delays in both directions while LIRR crews worked to determine the safety and structural stability of the bridge before restoring train service.
Bridges below 14 feet are especially vulnerable to bridge strikes. In 2016, there were 20 bridge strikes in Nassau County, thus the need to improve the safety and reliability for both vehicles and LIRR passengers by replacing low-hanging bridges. The new height of the rehabilitated Cherry Lane Bridge provides sufficient clearance for trucks to safely pass underneath it.
Cherry Lane Bridge was replaced using the method successfully employed at LIRR’s Post Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which was completed over a single weekend in October 2017. This effort is part of the broader LIRR Expansion Project, which began in 2018.