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HEMPSTEAD TOWN/Loop Parkway closing overnight

A segment of the Loop Parkway in the Town of Hempstead will be closed during the overnight hours beginning tomorrow for inspection and repair work on the Long Creek drawbridge, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The 75-year-old bridge and the portion of the parkway between the Meadowbrook Parkway and Lido Boulevard will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday, the DOT said.

Motorists frequently travel the drawbridge to reach Point Lookout, Lido Beach and Long Beach.

The Long Beach Road or Atlantic Beach bridges should be used as alternate routes, DOT officials advised.

Mariners will continue to have access to Long Creek Channel while the work is done.

For more information about the project, call 511 or visit


LOCALE/LIRR adds St. Patrick's Day trains

The Long Island Rail Road will provide 17 extra trains, nine westbound and eight eastbound, for those going to the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Wednesday.

Customers are advised not bring any alcoholic beverages on trains, platforms and stations. LIRR bar carts will not be in operation.

For more information, call 631-231-LIRR in Suffolk or 516-822-LIRR in Nassau. The number for the hearing-impaired is 718-558-3022. The Web site is


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