Community engagement is crucial to any major public works project, and the LIRR Expansion Project is no exception. Transparency, real time updates, and ongoing dialogue with community members are central to 3TC’s efforts to complete one of the region’s most significant infrastructure projects with as little disruption as possible for residents, businesses, and commuters.
As part of this commitment, our Community Ambassadors interact daily with residents, as well as business owners and merchants, in communities along the Main Line, addressing concerns or providing key project updates. In addition, 3TC’s community outreach team and crew members frequently engage with local leaders to ensure they have a view into the various projects elements underway and the important progress we’re making. This includes giving presentations to a number of local governing bodies, which is what occurred recently in Mineola.
On Wednesday, June 2nd, 3TC appeared before the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees to provide a briefing on all of the elements taking place in their community. Present on behalf of the Village were Mayor Scott Strauss, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira, Village Attorney John Gibbons, and Trustees Paul Cusato and Dennis Walsh. Village Attorney John Gibbons, Jr., Village Clerk Joseph Scalero, and Village Superintendent of Public Works Thomas Rini also joined the briefing. Representing the project’s community outreach team were Leslie Mesnick, Travis Brennan, Dan Marcy, and Seth Sylvan. Among the topics discussed were construction safety – which is the highest priority for this project – along with the ongoing work to eliminate the Willis Avenue Grade Crossing. The 3TC team shared details on the new two-way grade-separated underpass that is being constructed in place of the older at-grade crossings, and provided the Trustees information on the upcoming double-track outages needed to complete the work at Willis Avenue. 3TC also shared an overview of the final configuration once Willis Avenue reopens this September.
The Board of Trustees briefing also included updates on other Mineola project elements in progress, including the Main Street Grade Crossing Elimination (the eighth and final grade crossing project), the Mineola Station Enhancement Project, the Harrison Avenue Parking Structure, and the Mineola Substation Demolition (which has included partnerships with a number of local organizations to celebrate the historical significance and preserve the legacy of this structure).
Our Community Ambassador team is always here and available should you have any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us through the project’s 24-hour Hotline at 516.203.4955 or by email at CommunityOutreach@LIRRexpansion.com. To make sure that you receive the latest LIRR Expansion Project updates right to your inbox, please register here.