The Cherry Valley Road Bridge, which is in the Village of Garden City in the Town of North Hempstead, was built in 1871 and serves the Hempstead Branch. This bridge replacement project is necessary to raise the bridge structure to avoid truck strikes that cause delays on the Hempstead Branch. There were 10 bridge strikes to this bridge in 2015 and 10 in 2016, which underlines the need to improve the bridge’s safety and reliability for vehicles and for LIRR passengers. Cherry Valley Road Bridge will be raised to accommodate a vertical height clearance of 14 feet to allow trucks to safely pass beneath it. The LIRR selected the design in January 2019, with final 30% plans and specifications for the Design-Build Contract due at the end of 1Q 2019.