The Wreck Lead Bridge Rehabilitation is currently under preliminary design. The design package for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of the mechanical components of the Wreck Lead Bridge is expected to be in procurement this year. Target completion for construction is in December 2020.
The Wreck Lead Bridge, a single-track bascule bridge which connects LIRR service from Island Park to the City of Long Beach on the Long Beach Branch, was originally installed in June 1988. The LIRR awarded a design contract in November 2017 as part of an overall project to rehabilitate the moveable mechanical bridge components. Once completed in 2020, the rehabilitation of the bridge will improve its operational reliability, reducing delays to rail passengers and waterway traffic.
A bascule bridge is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or “leaf”, throughout its upward swing to provide clearance for boat traffic. The name comes from the French term for balance scale, which employs the same principle.