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Buses replace trains as LIRR repairs Long Beach branch

Bus service will replace LIRR trains for the Long Beach branch Saturday and Sunday because of construction work on two new bridges, the MTA said Friday.

New bridges are being built over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel, which means customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream this weekend will have to use a bus.

The $24.5 million project is being funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital budget and federal grants.

The construction also will mean no train service on three future weekends - March 27 and28, May 1 and 2 and May 15 and16.

There will be a reminder notice before each of these weekends so LIRR Long Beach branch customers can plan ahead, the MTA announcement said.

The plan is to complete the bridge construction before Memorial Day, the Long Island Rail Road said.

Eastbound passengers during the weekend will transfer to buses at Valley Stream for stations at Lynbrook through Long Beach. Customers should allow up to 34 minutes extra travel time.

Westbound passengers boarding at stations between w Long Beach and Lynbrook bound will use buses to Valley Stream, where they can transfer to trains to complete their trip. Buses will depart up to 33 minutes earlier than scheduled train times

The project is expected to resolve a recurring flooding condition at Powell Creek Bridge, which has at times led to delays and temporary service suspensions, by raising the elevation of the bridge by approximately one foot. Bridge walkways will also be installed at both locations to make it safer for LIRR employees, according to the service.

For further information and updated schedules, visit the LIRR's Web site, www.mta.info, or call 718-217-5477 (New York City); (516) 822-5477 (Nassau County); (631) 231-5477 (Suffolk County); (718) 558-3022 (TDD/hearing impaired).

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