North Main Street in Southampton Village will be closed on Wednesday, October 29, while repairs are made to the Long Island Rail Road bridge, officials said.
The Montauk line track will be out of service from 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday throughout most of Thursday for emergency repairs to the train trestle, representatives from the LIRR said. On Wednesday, North Main Street, which runs under the bridge, will be closed as a precaution while metal is welded on the track. Traffic will be routed around the area while the street is closed.
According to a press release, the LIRR will be using a Sperry rail car to perform track inspections. The specialized equipment runs along the line and detects “metal fatigue and faults beneath the surface of the steel rails.”
Buses will replace trains along the train route while service is down. On Wednesday, the 11:18 a.m. and 2:51 p.m. westbound trains from Montauk, and the westbound 2 p.m. train from Speonk, will be replaced by buses to the Patchogue station, where train service will resume. Buses will be scheduled to leave up to one hour later than scheduled train departure times. Similarly, the 10:38 p.m. and 1 a.m. trains leaving Montauk will be replaced by buses to the Speonk station, which are scheduled to leave up to 39 minutes before scheduled train times.
Traveling eastbound, buses will replace trains at Patchogue at 9:16 a.m., 11:57 a.m., and 12:36 p.m.
On Thursday, buses will replace four midday trains that run between Speonk and Montauk. Traveling westbound, buses will replace the 11:18 a.m. and 2:51 p.m. trains from Montauk. Delays are expected to be longer than one hour and 16 minutes. Eastbound, customers on the 8:52 a.m. train from Babylon and the 11:30 a.m. train from Jamaica will transfer to buses at Speonk.
Last week, Southampton Village officials said they were not aware that the work was scheduled until signs were posted around the municipality. According to Gary Goleski, the superintendent for Public Works, there was a miscommunication with the LIRR, which notified Southampton Town by mistake.
“They are just going over all the metal and doing welding and painting,” Mr. Goleski said this week. “They tell me it will be about 30 hours worth of work and they are shutting down the road to make sure they have enough time if they run into any problems. At this point, all emergency personnel have been notified.”