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LIRR completes Port Washington Branch projects

The Long Island Rail Road has completed two station projects that the agency says will improve service for Port Washington Branch customers.

The LIRR opened a new temporary pedestrian overpass Monday at its Port Washington Station, and also fully reopened the westbound platform at the Great Neck station, which had been partly closed since June.

"Both of these projects will improve the customer experience at two of our busiest stations on a key branch," LIRR president Patrick Nowakowski said. "We would like to thank customers for their patience during the construction as well as local community leaders who partnered with us on these important improvements."

The new, pre-fabricated bridge in Port Washington gives customers access to station platforms from Haven Avenue. The original bridge was closed in August after the LIRR determined it had "deteriorated beyond repair."

The temporary bridge, which required eliminating six parking spaces, will be in place as the LIRR completes a larger renovation effort at the station. That project will extend two tracks at the station to allow the railroad to store more trains.

The LIRR has said the project will allow more trains to run on the branch when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority completes its East Side Access project, which aims to link the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal by 2022.

The Great Neck platform work was part of an "overall spruce up of the station" that included installing a new floor in the westbound platform elevator, which also returned to service Monday.

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