Cops Reopen Bridge After Icy Conditions

Nassau County Police announced they had reopened the Long Beach Bridge after ice caused dangerous driving conditions.

Police said they had reopened the bridge at about 8:30 p.m., two hours after they had closed it down, citing "icy conditions."

Both directions of the bridge were opened.

Hazardous conditions were brought about by Sunday's snow. Freezing rain, sleet, and more snow were expected through 2 a.m. Monday. Click here for the full hazardous weather rundown.
rhonda titus December 09, 2013 at 05:13 AM
don't even think about a heart attack or stroke. it could be the death of you or your loved one.
Tideline December 09, 2013 at 07:52 AM
A flashing Traffic message sign (which is parked at the south side base of the bridge) should be posted letting drivers know in advance, that the bridge may close. Instead of just open one minute and closed the next. They knew they were thinking about closing it, then let people know you may close.
Sent from my Lear Jet December 11, 2013 at 06:15 PM
This was happening 30 years ago and very likely a long time before that. Despite it being a Nassau County Bridge, the City of LB salt spreader trucks are kept within 500 feet of the bridge, so is the supply of sand and salt. Weather forecasts are extremely accurate these days. There is no excuse for the City of LB not having 3 salt/sand spreading truck fully loaded and standing by when freezing rain is forecast. As soon as ice begins to form the trucks roll and go over the bridge side by side, u-turn in Island park and return on the second bridge sanding all the way. Shouldn't take 15 minutes tops. The officials and employees of the City Of LB are responsible for what could be a life/death situation with no more Hospital in LB.
Eddie December 11, 2013 at 07:23 PM
There's a good reason, Harvey. It's because the City doesn't own the bridge and has no authority to do maintenance on it with my tax dollars. That would require legislation. Just because you think something is a good idea doesn't give anyone the authority to go out and do it...


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