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LIRR plans weekend suspension of train service between Hicksville and Mineola due to bridge installation

A car passes over the Ellison Avenue Bridge

A car passes over the Ellison Avenue Bridge in Westbury on Monday, April 6, 2015. Credit: Barry Sloan

Long Island Rail Road President Patrick Nowakowski was among those cheering the Mets' sweep of the Cubs in the playoffs, but it was for reasons having little to do with baseball.

Ahead of the planned suspension of train service between Hicksville and Mineola Saturday and Sunday, Nowakowski said Thursday he was grateful to not have any games being played in Queens this weekend.

"There was a complication we were very much concerned about -- that is, a lot of people wanting to go to Citi Field this weekend," Nowakowski said at a Mineola news conference. "I do want to thank the Mets for removing that complication ... We no longer have to worry about game six or game seven and how people are going to get there."

The suspension will impact riders on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches the most, as replacement buses will lengthen travel times by up to an hour.

The outage will be necessary as the LIRR installs a new bridge at Ellison Avenue in Westbury to replace the aging one that was demolished in May.

Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) said the $17.5 million project was the result of a "collaboration" between the LIRR and the community.

"We said goodbye to the worst bridge on Long Island and one of the worst bridges in New York State," Martins said. "This weekend we say hello to the new bridge, the bridge of the future.

For more information on the service changes, customers can visit


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