Part of Metro-North Port Jervis line to close for fixes this weekend

MTA employees examine damage along the Port Jervis MTA employees examine damage along the Port Jervis line as a result of Tropical storm Irene. Photo Credit: MTA

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A section of Metro-North's Port Jervis line will be shut down this weekend and replaced by bus service so workers can repair damage caused by Hurricane Irene last year.

Bus service will run between Harriman Station and Ramsey Route 17 in New Jersey starting 9 p.m. Friday and continue through early Monday morning.

The temporary shutdown will allow Metro-North to install a culvert at Washington Avenue in Sloatsburg so that water can flow beneath the tracks rather than wash over, according to railroad officials.

This is the final phase of Metro-North's efforts to repair the Port Jervis line, which was shut down for three months in 2011 because of damage caused by Irene.

The line was also damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October. It took more than two weeks to restore near-normal service after officials had to contend with extensive power outages as well as trains stored in the Meadowlands, which was destroyed by flooding. Currently only two out of the dozens of trains it rains daily on the line are out of service.

The culvert -- a two-foot long concrete pipe -- will be installed this weekend in six, eight-foot sections and will require digging out a trench under tracks that run along the banks of the Ramapo River.

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During the shutdown, trains will continue to run between Port Jervis and Harriman and between Ramsey Route 17 and Hoboken.

In most cases, there will be NJ Transit buses waiting to pick up customers in Ramsey and take them the rest of the way.

For a full schedule of service changes this weekend, visit www.mta.info.

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