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MTA to complete NYCT switch replacement, LIRR bridge installation


MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) crews will begin switch replacement work at the 96th Street interlocking in Manhattan starting later this week and stretching into August.

The project will take place in phases, ultimately leading to the installation of entirely new switches between the northbound express and local tracks at the 96 Street interlocking on the Seventh Avenue Line, NYCT officials said in a press release.

The current switches were installed in 1990 and are nearing the end of their useful life, they said.

Workers also will use the service outages to install new track, repair existing track and track beds, clean drains and fix signals.

In addition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that between July 20 and 21, crews working on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) expansion project will move a new pre-assembled bridge into place at Urban Avenue in New Cassel, New York. 

The bridge will have room for three tracks and two car lanes, and will replace a previous grade crossing that closed March 8, MTA officials said in a press release.

The project remains on pace to reopen this fall as a two-way underpass, they said.

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