The Nassau Boulevard Bridge, located in the Village of Garden City along the LIRR Main Line, is being removed and replaced with a three-track structure as part of the LIRR Expansion Project over a single weekend, October 5-6.
This low-hanging bridge, which is currently 11’6”, has been the site of many accidents over the years by trucks striking the bridge, resulting in train delays in both directions while LIRR crews worked to determine the bridge’s safety and structural stability before restoring train service. Bridges below 14 feet are vulnerable to bridge strikes: in 2016, there were 20 bridge strikes in Nassau County, illustrating the need to improve the safety and reliability for both vehicles and LIRR passengers by replacing low-hanging bridges. The new bridge will be 14’ high, which will allow trucks to safely pass underneath.
During the weekend of October 5-6, the existing bridge will be removed and the new one will be lifted and rolled into place. Following the “roll-in,” tracks, power, communications and other systems will be reinstalled in time for the morning commute on Monday, October 7.
This effort is part of the broader LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville, which began in 2018.