How did you spend your summer? Beach and mountains? Barbecues and picnics?
The LIRR Expansion Project team had a busy summer – there was much to accomplish, and the team accomplished it all, on time and on budget, including:
- June 1-2: replacement of Cherry Lane Bridge in Carle Place
- Aug. 17-18: replacement of S. Tyson Avenue Bridge in Floral Park
- July 20-21: new bridge installed over Urban Avenue in New Cassel
- Aug. 24-25: new bridge placed at the previous railroad crossing at Covert Ave. in New Hyde Park
- Oct. 5-6: replacement of 108-year-old Nassau Boulevard Bridge in Garden City
“We have four more existing bridges to replace and six more at-grade crossings to eliminate over the next 35 months,” said MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber. “The LIRR Expansion Project is moving forward at an extraordinary pace, which is why it is the model project for how we are changing the way we manage large capital projects to do them smarter, faster and better.”
“With each element of the LIRR Expansion Project that is completed our railroad gets a little bit healthier and less prone to potential challenges,” said LIRR President Philip Eng. “Even before the third main line track is placed we are receiving benefits, because raising the height of bridges prevents over-height trucks from striking the bridges, which creates train delays.”
Take a look at the timeline below for the LIRR Expansion Project’s bridge and grade crossing milestones since springtime. But know this: just because we’re going into the fall and winter months, the project team is still in full-swing.
The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of parking garages, retaining walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of eight street-level grade crossings. Construction is being managed to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach efforts in local communities.
For any questions or comments about work related to the LIRR Expansion Project, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the project’s 24-hour Hotline at 516.203.4955 or email us at CommunityOutreach@LIRRexpansion.com. To get the latest LIRR Expansion Project updates sent right to your inbox, register here.