FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2019
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Rebecca Cheng and Matthew Leonenko | (516) 869-7794
LIRR to Replace Webster Avenue Bridge After Town Voices Concerns
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Veronica Lurvey sent a letter in July urging the MTA-Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to prioritize funding in its 2020–2024 Capital Plan for the repair of the Webster Avenue Bridge in Manhasset. In a letter to the LIRR President Philip Eng, the Supervisor and Council Member stated:
“The Town and our residents are alarmed by the structurally deficient bridge and the increasing noise it is bringing to the neighborhood….We stand together and urge you to fix the Webster Avenue Bridge before it becomes a serious safety issue. Funding for the bridge needs to be a priority in the interest of the safety and quality of life of our residents.”
As part of the MTA Capital Program Plan for 2020–2024, $51.5 billion will be allocated for capital investment. The plan lists $269 million for bridge rehabilitation and replacement as part of the MTA’s LIRR Line Structures program. The Capital Plan stated that the replacement project will include the replacement of the Webster Bridge, “The Webster Avenue Highway Bridge, one of the oldest highway bridges in the LIRR system, which is in deteriorated condition and is functionally obsolete. This bridge has been the subject of complaints from the community/elected officials. The new highway bridge will be built to the latest standards and will increase safety.”
“The Town appreciates that the LIRR listened to our concerns and accommodated our requests by allocating money to replace the Webster Avenue Bridge. We look forward to working with them to continue the dialogue and address resident concerns,” said Council Member Lurvey.
Please visit www.northhempsteadny.gov or call 311 or (516) 869-6311 with any questions.