Construction of the new LIRR bridge that will take train traffic over Cherry Lane in Carle Place is essentially completed and ready to be carried into place and installed during the Main Line outage weekend of June 1st. The bridge will be replaced with the method successfully employed at LIRR’s Post Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which was completed over a single weekend in October 2017.
Crews will begin dismantling and carting away pieces of the old two-bay bridge on the morning of June 1st; a massive machine, a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter, will lift the 320-ton bridge and carry it carefully, at a snail’s pace, into position on Sunday, June 2nd, where it will be set in place and tied into the LIRR Main Line by LIRR crews.
Sound walls have been installed just east of the bridge next to the backyards of homes along the right-of-way. These walls were requested by the communities along the corridor to mitigate train noise.
Demolition of the old span and installation of the new and improved bridge will require a 48-hour suspension of train service between Hicksville and Mineola. Customers are strongly urged to avoid the Ronkonkoma, and Port Jefferson Branches on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Please use the Babylon, Hempstead or Montauk Branches to avoid delays that weekend. Please note that special weekend timetables will be in effect for ALL branches on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. For complete information regarding weekend service changes, please visit the MTA Cherry Lane Bridge Installation Project Page – //web.mta.info/supplemental/lirr/cherrylanebridgeinstallation.htm.
For more information about the Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement project, please visit AModernLI.com – //www.amodernli.com/project/cherry-lane-bridge-replacement/.