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Oct 17, 2019 10:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Train Trestles For East Hampton Village Arrive By Boat And Truck

The new trestles were delivered through Shinnecock Inlet on Wednesday. They will be transported to East Hampton Village in the upcoming days. MICHAEL HELLER
Oct 22, 2019 4:16 PM

The new train trestles that will replace outdated ones running over Accabonac Road and North Main Street in East Hampton Village were shipped from New Jersey to Shinnecock by water on Wednesday, October 16.

Also on October 16, the more than 100-year-old Accabonac Road bridge was removed in preparation for the replacement.

The trestles then were transported to East Hampton Village by truck on Monday night, traveling on Main Street at about 10:30.

The crossings, which are undergoing a $21 million upgrade, were constructed in 1895. The old North Main Street bridge, the western one, currently has a posted clearance of 10 feet. The Accabonac Road bridge, the eastern one, has a posted clearance of 9 feet, 9 inches.

Over the years, the low-clearance trestles have been repeatedly struck by trucks, especially box trucks, causing train delays in both directions.

In 2015, there were nine incidents in which vehicles struck the overpasses.

The LIRR will raise the clearance of these bridges by installing the new, single-span steel bridge structures.

Periodic road closures will be in effect from now until November 10.

Accabonac Road is being closed periodically through October 28, according to the East Hampton Village website. North Main Street will be closed periodically through November 10.

During this last phase of the project, there will be no train service on the Montauk Branch between Southampton and Montauk, but buses will be provided by the towns of Southampton and East Hampton in addition to LIRR buses.

Visit the LIRR Project website or www.mts.info/lirr for additional information.

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Call me crazy, but couldn't they have brought the new bridges out by TRAIN?!?!
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Oct 17, 19 2:52 PM
You're Crazy! These structures are massive. Click thru the pics
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Oct 17, 19 11:20 PM
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Shinnecock inlet or peconic bay? Seems the long way around?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 19, 19 10:14 AM
The last three photos in the Photo Gallery are new from the EH nighttime transport.

Would have been interesting to see this move underway, on all the local roads. I assume they were off-loaded on the east side of The Canal . . . anyone recognize the spot, maybe near Jackson's Marina?

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 22, 19 6:03 PM
Looks like the parking lot on Canal Road between the county marina and Old North Highway.

Interesting would have been to do it at seven o'clock in the morning.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 23, 19 4:11 AM