MTA to replace 103-year-old bridge on Long Island Rail Road

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NEW YORK — A critical project needed to build a third main track on the Long Island Rail Road will move forward this month when crews replace a 103-year-old double track railroad bridge near Westbury, N.Y.

Railroad crews say the new bridge is 13 feet wider than the existing bridge and will be able to accommodate a third mainline track. The $9.3-million bridge will be installed the weekend of Oct. 21.

Crews have spent several months assembling the new bridge in a parking lot near the railroad’s Westbury station. Workers will use cranes and a movable hydraulic lift to remove the existing bridge and replace it with the new structure. Crews say the bridge replacement will be finished in time for the Monday morning commute.

The Westbury bridge is located on a congested segment of the railroad’s main line between Floral Park and Hicksville, N.Y., where railroad crews are building a 9.8-mile third main between the two points.

See the news release online.

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