Detours Scheduled For Webster Avenue Bridge

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Starting this week, Manhasset residents will be impacted by the maintenance scheduled by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) on the Webster Avenue Bridge. The pedestrian and vehicle crossing is located between the Incorporated Village of Plandome Heights and the Incorporated Village of Flower Hill in Manhasset. The work is being done to ensure its continued safety.
The bridge was originally constructed in 1897 to safely transport walkers and automobiles over the LIRR’s Port Washington Branch tracks. Train commuters should leave a few minutes earlier to take into account the closure.
The bridge was to have been replaced over a decade ago when the other bridge on Manhasset Avenue Bridge was completed but never occurred.
“Residents should be aware that the Long Island Railroad anticipates doing the majority of the work between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and that the repairs are expected to be completed in six weeks,” said Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso.
The Port Washington line was completed in 1898, the Manhasset station was built by the Great Neck and Port Washington Railroad in 1899, the year after the Manhasset viaduct was completed.
There will be a complete closure of Webster Avenue Bridge, while under construction and nearby residents and businesses may experience temporary construction noise. Construction is weather dependent, some weekend work may be performed to take advantage of favorable conditions
The LIRR will make every effort to minimize their construction presence. If you have questions or specific concerns, contact rlattar@lirr.org or call 718-558-7767. For more information, visit www.mta.info/lirr.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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