Crews from the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) have finished replacing the Buckram Road Bridge, which carries the railroad’s Oyster Bay Branch over Buckram Road/Oyster Bay Road between the Locust Valley and Oyster Bay stations.
The work, which began October 5 and ended October 9, included the removal of the old bridge and installation of the new bridge, which was built off site. The lower clearance on the older bridge made it susceptible to getting hit by over-height vehicles, with 5 strikes in 2017 resulting in delays to train service. The new bridge adheres to state Department of Transportation design standards and will improve train service by reducing the chances of bridge strikes and improving roadway sight-lines.
"Anytime we can complete a project that reduces delays, it's a win for our customers and a win for the railroad," said Phillip Eng, LIRR president. "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.”
“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," added Eng.
The LIRR will replace an additional eight strike-prone bridges across its system.