The Long Island Rail Road has completed the replacement of a 129-year-old bridge in Locust Valley, the agency said Wednesday.
LIRR crews, working since Friday night on the replacement project, “put the finishing touches” Tuesday morning on the new bridge, which carries trains over Buckram Road/Oyster Bay Road between the Locust Valley and Oyster Bay stations.
With a clearance of just over 10 feet, the old bridge was particularly susceptible to being hit by trucks, according to the railroad. It was struck five times in 2017 alone, the LIRR said. At a height of 14 feet, nearly 4 feet higher than the original, the new bridge will improve roadway sightlines as well as reduce delays caused by truck strikes, the LIRR said.
“Projects like these, done in a tight time frame with minimal intrusion and disruption to our customers and to the surrounding communities, are indicative of the new way we are getting important infrastructure projects done at the Long Island Rail Road,” railroad President Phillip Eng said in a statement. “I want to thank the men and women who worked diligently over the weekend to complete this project on time, to our customers who adapted to our service changes, as well as the surrounding community for their patience while we finished this important infrastructure initiative.”
The Buckram Road Bridge replacement was among 100 different infrastructure projects totaling $6.6 billion planned to improve and expand the LIRR. Eight other bridges are in line to be replaced and elevated, including spans in East Hampton, Garden City, Carle Place and Floral Park.
In October, the railroad replaced its Post Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which it said had been struck by trucks between five and nine times in each of the previous six years. No truck strikes, or strike-related delays, have occurred there since then, the LIRR said.
A photograph accompanying an earlier version of this story showed a bridge that was not the one replaced.