The South Tyson Avenue Bridge in the Village of Floral Park will be lifted and rolled 13 feet into place during a double track outage on the Hempstead Branch over the weekend of August 17th and 18th, with full service to be restored for Monday morning peak service on August 19th. Service on the Hempstead Branch will be limited during the weekend: there will be no LIRR service at the Bellerose, Stewart Manor, Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Country Life Press and Hempstead Stations.
The bridge, in service since 1958, is being modified, and a new two-track bay bridge is being installed to address an existing Main Line bottleneck – where four tracks merge into two – to create room for a new third track. The bridge spans South Tyson Avenue adjacent to the Floral Park Viaduct, an elevated concrete structure supported by concrete column piers west of South Tyson Avenue.
The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, reducing train congestion and delays and enabling true bi-directional service during peak hours. The Project is part of a multibillion-dollar modernization of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest investment the railroad has received in decades. Once the work is complete, the LIRR will have increased its capacity by roughly 50 percent. With the additional planned upgrades to stations, amenities, bridges and grade crossing eliminations, the project will help transform transportation across the region and provide a reliable, state-of-the-art rail system for Long Islanders.
For more information and photos of ongoing construction, please visit the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/thirdtrack/.