3rd Track Constructors is beginning to install the brand-new third track along the LIRR Main Line. In advance of this activity, crews will be installing ballast along the right of way.
Ballast serves as a bed for railroad tracks and ties and provides stability, drainage, and support for LIRR trains. Crews install the stone in layers by placing it and tamping it down with a tamping machine, followed by a roller that smooths out the ballast. This noticeable operation is done to create a consistent, flat surface for the future third track. Residents may hear noise and/or feel vibration during this activity. Once complete, crews install the third track. Railroad maintenance crews may return to the right-of-way periodically to perform regularly scheduled ballast maintenance.
We are committed to doing all that we can to minimize the disruption to the community during this activity. As part of 3TC’s standard protocols, we will conduct environmental monitoring throughout the construction to ensure that air quality, vibration levels, and noise levels do not exceed regulatory thresholds.
If you have questions about any of the work, contact us through the 3TC’s 24-hour Hotline at 516.203.4955 or by email at CommunityOutreach@LIRRexpansion.com. Register here to receive the latest LIRR Expansion Project email updates.