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Multi-Car Accidents Reported on Icy L.B. Bridge

Long Beach Bridge. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
Long Beach Bridge. (Credit: Joe Kellard)

This story was updated at 7:45 p.m. on 12.8.13.

The Long Beach Bridge was temporarily closed Sunday evening after multiple accidents were reported due to icy conditions on the Nassau County-owned structure that connects the city to Island Park.

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Nassau County police sent a media alert at 6:13 p.m. Sunday announcing that the bridge was closed in both directions “due to icy conditions.” At 8:35 p.m., police announced that the bridge had reopened in both directions.

While Nassau County police did not respond to a request for information about the bridge's closure and reported multiple-car accidents on Sunday, the Long Beach Police Department indicated the accident occurred while stormy weather rolled through the barrier island early Sunday evening.

“I'm told they closed it due to multiple accidents caused by an icing condition,” Lt. Eric Cregeen, an LBPD spokesman, told Patch.

Cregeen noted that the city’s Department of Public Works responded to the scene at about 8 p.m. and put sand down on the icy bridge to make the roadway safer so that it could be reopened to traffic.

County Leg. Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) told Patch that she was deeply concerned about the bridge closure and asked the county's public works department for details about it. 

“This is extremely critical as we do not have an emergency room on the barrier island and rely on the bridge remaining open, especially for emergencies," Ford said. 
moe December 12, 2013 at 06:31 PM
@harvey- I would also assume the LB trucks were filled with "road salt" since the trucks are used to salt roads. As for Eddie, he was totally against the Dems in this election. I am a Democrat and we've had many "disagreements" in Patch over the months. But I respect what he writes because he obviously cares a lot about Long Beach and knows a lot about our area, too.
Eddie December 12, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Thanks Moe. I offer the same respect to you. Wile I'm certainly no spokesperson for anyone -- certainly not the Democrats running this city -- I'll give them credit where it is due. I believe they are trying hard to do the right thing. They stepped in and salted the bridge when the county failed to. What I was expressing was the complexities of what seems to many to be a simple matter of dropping salt. From both an engineering and political point of view, operating a city is far more complex than most can reason, and much of it is simply necessary nonsense.
nepheshim December 13, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I agree 100% with Harvey and Moe. Eddie's focus on technical details is not relevant to the discussion at hand, the point of which, is that more efficiency and concern need to be exercised so that the bridge does not close or if an unavoidable accident does occur it can be re-opened in much less than 2 hrs and 15 minutes. WHATEVER kind of salt was needed, it should be stored close at hand and used immediately AND whatever else might be needed should be part of an emergency preparedness for the bridge so that it does not have to close. This is political bullshit; feet dragging and bureaucratic criminality. (in my opinion when bureaucracies or single bureaucrats block needed services which they are paid to deliver, it is criminal behavior - - malfeasance; dereliction of duty; obstruction of governmental procedure; and whatever negative consequences result from their obstruction whether civil or criminal)

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