The schedule for road closures to allow the Long Island Rail Road to replace East Hampton Village trestles over both North Main Street and Accabonac Road were announced this past week.
North Main Street will be closed between Collins Avenue and Main Street from Wednesday, October 2, to Friday, October 4, as preparatory construction continues, and the actual bridge replacements will begin with the Accabonac Road trestle Monday, October 7. That area of the roadway, from Collins Avenue to Pantigo Road, will remain closed until October 26.
The day the new underpass is scheduled to open, October 27, will be the day North Main Street is scheduled to close. That underpass will be inaccessible from October 27 through November 10, again from Collins Avenue to Main Street. Residents and businesses employees within the closed road areas will be allowed access, along with those making deliveries, up to the overpasses themselves, which will not be passable.
In recent years, the trestles have been the scenes of numerous truck accidents in which drivers misjudged the clearance. Occasionally these strikes have been severe enough that LIRR service past East Hampton has had to be shut down. The trestles are being raised to 14 feet over the roadway. Currently, the Accabonac Road trestle has less than a 10-foot clearance, while the North Main Street trestle is exactly 10.