As the LIRR Expansion Project continues to make significant progress in your community, we’d like to share some of the images from project sites all along the 10 mile stretch of the LIRR Main Line corridor.
So, if you’re ready, let’s get started on our virtual tour.
School Street Grade Crossing:
We start the tour in the Village of Westbury, at School Street, where preparation work for the grade crossing elimination is coming to an end. Beginning May 18th, School Street will close entirely to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Railroad Avenue and Union Avenue, for approximately six months. In consultation with the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead, the School Street grade crossing is being reconstructed into a two-way grade separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side. Railroad Avenue will be reconstructed to maintain access to School Street as well. Just down the road, construction on the Westbury North Parking Structure is also seeing significant progress as precast erection was recently finished.
Ok, let’s head west to check in on the work at our next stop, Carle Place…
Carle Place Station:
Right: Carle Place station platform where new canopies will be installed.
Left: Steel structure of new south station elevator building
Welcome to Carle Place Station. Residents and commuters will be delighted with the station enhancements which include platform canopies, new platform furnishings, and amenities such as benches, shelters, signage, and CCTV security cameras to improve safety. There will also be ADA-compliant mobility improvements, including ramps, as well as free public Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, digital information displays, new bike racks, and MTA Arts & Design artwork. Recent developments include significant progress on station buildings and elevators. In the coming weeks, construction crews will continue steel erection for the new buildings as well as canopy installation and roofing on the north and south sides of the tracks.
With that, we’re on to Mineola…
Mineola Station Progress:
Temporary platforms and shelters have been erected in anticipation of the platform shift on May 26th
Here we are in Mineola, the county seat, and soon the home of a new and improved Mineola Station. Pictured above are temporary platforms which are being erected in anticipation of the platform shift, set to take place on May 26th. During this time, riders will utilize new access points and walkways which will extend westward of the existing station. Click here for up-to-date LIRR service information about the platform shift. The station will include significant enhancements, all of which were developed through input and support from the local community. Much like its neighboring station, some key station features in Mineola include new platforms to accommodate 12-car trains, platform canopies, and new platform furnishings. Benches, shelters, signage, CCTV security cameras, public Wi-Fi, USB charging, and new digital information displays will be included as well. The improved Mineola Station will also feature new pedestrian overpasses with two new elevators. At-grade access to station platforms will be maintained and new bike racks and art will be installed as well. During construction, the platform will be extended west to allow for work on the east side. Down the road in Mineola, construction crews are also hard at work ramping up the Willis Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination, as well as the Harrison Avenue Parking Structure which is scheduled to be complete this summer.
It’s time to head to Garden City to check in on the progress taking place there…
Merillon Avenue Station:
Left: Steel erection for new station elevators
Center: Crews continue work on the new permanent station platform
Right: South support building structure is being erected
Let’s take a closer look at the work in Garden City. Merillon Avenue Station is undergoing key enhancements that were developed in coordination with the community, including platform canopies, platform removal and replacement to accommodate a new third track and 12-car trains – an important improvement happening at stations along the Main Line. The new station will also feature new platform furnishings, and amenities such as benches, shelters and signage. Free public Wi-Fi will be available, along with USB charging stations, and digital information displays and CCTV security cameras will be installed. Canopy and elevator installation is continuing at the station, while crews work to complete the south support building (pictured above). The installation of steel utility poles in the village is has been completed and teams will now work to install wiring and cables on the new poles.
It looks like we’re ready to pay a visit to the Village of New Hyde Park…
New Hyde Park Road Grade Crossing:
Concrete U-structure at New Hyde Park Grade Crossing
Staying in New Hyde Park, forming the concrete U-structure (pictured above), part of the New Hyde Park Road Grade Crossing Elimination Project, is a major step forward in the reconstruction of a new five-lane underpass which will include pedestrian sidewalks on the east and west sides of the road. The U-structure is a critical component to the construction project as it creates structural support for the new tracks being built. A “box-jacking” system, which will be used to install the structure, was successfully completed- for the first time ever in the United States- by 3rd Track Constructors last year at Urban Avenue in New Cassel. Once the new underpass is complete, there will also be a dedicated left-turn lane from southbound New Hyde Park Road to Clinch Avenue. The New Hyde Park Road Underpass was designed in conjunction with the Village of New Hyde Park and the Village of Garden City, and the finished project will not only enhance safety, but it will also improve traffic and overall quality of life in the local communities.
Why don’t we check out another important project in New Hyde Park…
New Hyde Park Station:
Left: Construction takes place on the South 12th Street Pedestrian Underpass.
Right: Precast footings are set for the new permanent platform on the north side of the tracks
Welcome to the New Hyde Park Station, which is currently being renovated to include a platform replacement to accommodate 12-car trains, platform canopies, and new platform furnishings. Commuters will see work progressing on the installation of station platforms foundations on the north and south side of the tracks, which will be followed by the installation of the new permanent platform slabs. The South 12th Street Pedestrian Underpass continues to see major progress as well, as crews form, rebar and pour concrete for the ramps on both sides of the track. Not to be left out, the New Hyde Park Station improvements will feature the other new amenities being created for commuters as well, such as benches, shelters, signage, and CCTV security cameras. The New Hyde Park Station will also include ADA-compliant mobility improvements, as well as Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, and digital information displays.
If you’re ready, we won’t have to travel far for our next stop…
Floral Park Station:
Left: Steel structures continue to be erected for the new elevators
Right: Construction team hard at work on the new Floral Park Station Elevators
Our next stop is the new Floral Park Station, where elevators will be ADA-compliant and enhancements will provide commuters easier access to the platforms on both sides of the station. Steel erection for the new elevators is expected to be ongoing throughout the month of May, as well as elevator roofing and canopy installation. Nearby, residents will see the Plainfield Avenue Bridge is now complete, and the Linden Avenue Pedestrian Underpass project is also finishing work.
Now it’s time to check in on the tour’s final project element…
Left & Center: Newly constructed walls in Floral Park
Right: Walls between Nassau Blvd. and Whitehall Blvd. in Garden City, now substantially complete
Finally, we step back to look at work taking place along the entire project. The LIRR Expansion Project has already installed more than 28,000 linear feet of walls along the Main Line corridor as part of our efforts to be good neighbors while work is ongoing. Sound and retaining wall installation has recently been completed along portions of Charles Street in Floral Park with remaining wall construction on the north side of the tracks to begin in the fall. New Hyde Park will see wall construction continuing this summer on the south side of the tracks heading west from Covert Avenue, and Garden City is nearing the completion of installation along Main Avenue, east and west of Nassau Boulevard. Walls in Mineola continue to be erected on the north side of the tracks, while south side sound walls are substantially complete between Herricks Road and Mineola Station. In Carle Place, panels will soon be installed for the Atlantic Avenue north sound wall, between Cherry Lane and Meadowbrook Parkway. And in Westbury, the sound wall along Earl Street is continuing to be erected. For more information on the walls in your community, click here.
To stay informed about the LIRR Expansion Project, make sure to register for updates at – https://lirrexpansion.com/register-for-updates/. If you have an immediate question about the work in your community, please email us at communityoutreach@LIRRExpansion.com or call the project’s 24-hour Hotline at 516.203.4955.