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Sep 6, 2017 8:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Montauk LIRR Branch To Undergo Construction Throughout September

Crews work at the East Hampton crossing on Tuesday. MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sep 6, 2017 10:30 AM

Throughout September, the Long Island Rail Road will install nine new concrete grade crossings along its Montauk branch.

Traffic at each crossing will be closed as the site undergoes construction, and four midday trains—two eastbound and two westbound—traveling between Montauk and Speonk will be replaced by bus transportation from September 5 until November 10.

Work at each grade will take place on weekdays between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to a recent press release. Construction at each site is expected to take one to two days to complete. The LIRR will generally move east to west along the line. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police will assist in crossing closures and traffic detours.

The schedule of construction is: September 5, at Race Lane in East Hampton; Thursday, September 7, at King Street in East Hampton; Monday, September 11, on Moses Lane in Southampton; Wednesday, September 13, at Magee Street in Shinnecock Hills; Friday, September 15, on Tuckahoe Lane in Shinnecock Hills; Monday, September 18, on Tiana Road in Hampton Bays; Tuesday, September 20, on Midhampton Avenue in Quogue; Friday, September 22, on Old Main Road in Quogue; and Tuesday, September 26, on Wainscott N.W. Road in Wainscott.

“This is part of our continuing effort to ensure that our railroad crossings are in a state of good repair, which ensures maximum safety at the crossings, and in many cases to upgrade from a rubber surface to a concrete surface,” Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the MTA said. “The concrete is more durable and lasts longer in a good state of repair.”

The MTA could not immediately supply the cost of the project.

In regards to westbound buses: “The trains that usually depart Montauk at 11:18 a.m. and 2:51 p.m. will originate in Speonk. Customers at stations Montauk through Westhampton will board buses to Speonk, then connect with train service to points west,”reads a statement on the MTA’s website. Buses will depart up to 32 minutes earlier than normal train times.

In regard to eastbound buses: “The 8:57 a.m. train from Babylon and the 11:25 a.m. train from Jamaica will terminate in Speonk. Customers will transfer to buses for transportation to stations Westhampton through Montauk,” the website says. Buses will depart up to 28 minutes earlier than normal train times.

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