In Mineola, ongoing work on the Willis Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination Project will soon benefit residents and visitors alike. As we head into the next phase of construction, new project activities will require temporary road closures and additional updates to local vehicular traffic routes.
Beginning the week of October 19th, early pile driving work, which is expected to last approximately eight weeks, will begin on Willis Avenue. Pile driving is necessary to form a wall for earth support, which is required for excavation to eliminate the current at-grade crossing. As a result, the following detours will be in place for duration of this activity.
- A traffic shift will occur in the beginning of the week allowing for two-way traffic to function on Willis Avenue.
- On Wednesday October 21st, Willis Avenue will be limited to northbound traffic only, from 3rd Street to 2nd Street. This traffic pattern will remain in place for the duration of the activity
- Front Street, between Willis Avenue and Roslyn Road, will become a two-way roadway accessible to local traffic from Roslyn Road
- The western portion of Front Street, between Main Street and Willis Avenue, will be accessible to two-way local traffic from Main Street
- Hinck Way will be closed to vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the grade crossing elimination
For drivers looking to travel between Old Country Road and Jericho Turnpike, please refer to the detour map below which utilizes Mineola Boulevard and Roslyn Road.
Later this year, Willis Avenue is expected to fully close to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between 3rd Street and 2nd Street.
A two-way grade-separated underpass with an elevator and pedestrian bridge is being constructed in place of the Willis Avenue grade crossing. It will provide a one-way service road on the west side of Willis Avenue and connect northbound Willis Avenue to eastbound Hinck Way; it will also connect to the businesses between the LIRR Main Line and the LIRR Oyster Bay Branch. The underpass will extend south to maintain traffic on Front Street westbound across Willis Avenue. In addition, the intersection of Willis Avenue and Third Street will be signalized for merging traffic.
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