LIRR: Haven Avenue Pedestrian Overpass Closed

The overpass at the west end of the Port Washington station was closed for safety reasons, officials said.

Long Island Rail Road commuters taking the Haven Avenue pedestrian overpass at the west end of the Port Washington station must choose a different route. The overpass is now closed for "safety reasons," officials said.

"The closure occurred after some concrete from the bridge fell onto the track area below," an LIRR spokesman said Tuesday. "An inspection then revealed extensive corrosion had occurred during the recent severe winter months and that the bridge is no longer safe for pedestrians." 

This overpass cannot be repaired and will be closed indefinitely, he said. 

"The LIRR anticipates demolishing the structure this summer," the spokesman said. "However, a second pedestrian overpass located closer to the Port Washington station building remains open. It has been fully inspected and is safe for pedestrian use."

The LIRR said it would consult with the community and local leaders on a "long-term solution."

Arguendo April 24, 2014 at 09:34 AM
It was obvious for at least a year to anyone who used it that the bottom tread mountings were badly deteriorated due to salt corrosion. Along with fatigue, ultimately failed, causing the bottom tread to become detached from the ground, literally hanging cantilevered from the mid-span mountings. Great station maintenance, LIRR!
thinkingperson April 26, 2014 at 05:27 PM
I find it odd that the only news source available on this potentially hazardess shift in crowd control at rush hours can be found on the Patch alone, which seems to underestimate the safety risks for both pedestrians and motor vehicles. Any comments?
Arguendo April 27, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Reduced emergency egress is a very significant safety issue. Thank you for pointing it out.
ed condon May 01, 2014 at 09:33 AM
I have been using that staircase for twenty years and have watched it slowly crumble. There is absolutely no doubt that this important access to a major station on the Port Washington line is closed indefinitely because of a complete lack of proper maintenance. To suggest that the east-side stair case is an option is a bad joke. If somebody is aware of a coordinated effort to have this staircase replaced, please let me know. I would like to lend a hand/voice.
Arguendo May 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Fire the platform access bridge "deferred maintenance crews". Restore the SW access bridge to the PW terminal; it is also a platform safety and egress issue.


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