The Long Island Railroad has announced that the William Floyd Parkway grade crossing located on the Montauk Branch in Shirley has been scheduled for renewal and will require the closing of the railroad crossing to road and rail traffic starting on Friday, May 12 at 10:00 pm through Sunday, May 14 at 5:00 am. The LIRR will install a new concrete grade pad at the crossing. The LIRR advises customers traveling to or from any station between Bellport and Montauk to plan for additional travel time and to be prepared to transfer between trains and buses at Patchogue. Between Patchogue and all points west, trains will run on their normal schedules. Customers may wish to consider the Ronkonkoma Branch as an alternative.
The first westbound train to be affected by this planned service change will be the 5:34 a.m. departure from Speonk on Saturday, May 13, due into Jamaica at 7:10 a.m. The last westbound train to be affected by this planned service change will be the 11:56 p.m. departure from Speonk on Saturday night, due into Jamaica at 1:39 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The first eastbound train to be affected by this planned service change is the 12:35 a.m. departure from Babylon, normally due to arrive at Speonk at 1:35 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, May 13. The last train to be affected by this planned service change is the 11:23 p.m. departure from Babylon on Saturday night, normally due to arrive at Speonk at 12:27 a.m. on Sunday morning.
While the work is in progress, the Long Island Rail Road and the MTA Police will provide the necessary flagmen, detour signs and crossing protection. In addition, they are contacting the Suffolk County Police Department and local fire departments. Upon completion, temporary paving material will be put down and then permanently repaved at a later date. For more information, go to www.mta.info/lirr.