Project Overview

Cherry Lane Bridge, located in the Town of North Hempstead along the LIRR Mainline, 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.

LIRR Expansion Project Team Discusses Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement with Nassau County Legislator’s Office and Local Officials and Associations

On April 11th, the Carle Place Fire Department, Carle Place Civic Association, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer’s office, and Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell invited the LIRR Expansion Project team to discuss the ongoing construction work and traffic

MTA Begins Major Construction at Covert Avenue in the Village of New Hyde Park to Eliminate Street-Level Railroad Crossing

On April 14th, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that Covert Avenue, between 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue, in the Village of New Hyde Park will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, April 15th, 2019, as part of the Long Island

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