3TC is continuing to make significant and noticeable progress on the LIRR Expansion Project. We have crews all across the Main Line corridor, from Floral Park to Hicksville.
In addition and complementary to the work you’re seeing our crews performing, you may see or hear LIRR forces working along the railroad right-of-way. These activities may include:
Regular Track Inspection & Maintenance – LIRR conducts regular inspections and track maintenance throughout the entire system. When an issue is detected, repairs must be made immediately to comply with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements and to allow passenger rail service to resume as soon as possible. This activity is currently underway within the project corridor (from Floral Park to Hicksville).
Rail Tie Replacement – On Main Line Tracks 1 and 2, LIRR is replacing rail ties that have exceeded their useful life or exhibit signs of damage. It is important these ties are replaced in advance of certain LIRR Expansion Project components, such as the Urban Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination. This manual activity is weather-sensitive and must be performed when the ground is not frozen. All available daytime and nighttime work windows may be used for tie replacement.
Grade Crossing Elimination Preparatory Work – To accommodate the undergrade crossings, LIRR workers will be placing ballast (e.g. stone) to create a new track bed and raise the track elevation. This work may also occur during daytime and overnight hours. Idling engine noise from trains and vehicles supporting this work may be noticeable. These activities will be most noticeable near the grade crossings and bridge replacement locations (e.g., Covert Avenue, South Tyson Avenue, Urban Avenue).
We recognize that these activities may be disruptive to the surrounding communities. The goal is to complete the work in as short a time frame as possible, while maintaining safe and reliable operations.
As always, please feel free to contact us at (516) 203-4955 or CommunityOutreach@LIRRExpansion.com with any specific questions or concerns.