Community Outreach Team Supports New Hyde Park Grade Crossing Elimination

3TC’s Dennis Feeney addresses community litter concerns at the site of the New Hyde Park Road grade crossing elimination project in August.3TC’s Dennis Feeney addresses community litter concerns at the site of the New Hyde Park Road grade crossing elimination project in August.

The LIRR Expansion Project team is continually working to meet community and environmental commitments throughout the project corridor as construction of this important infrastructure initiative progresses. In Garden City, the outreach team has worked to keep the community informed about ongoing work and minimize interference from construction activities. Responding to feedback, contractor 3TC’s representatives Andy Kraus, community Ambassador to Garden City, and Dennis Feeney mobilized the team to remove debris near the New Hyde Park Road grade crossing and refined the construction team’s housekeeping protocols accordingly.

Andy Kraus, 3TC’s community ambassador to Garden City, joins 3TC’s Travis Brennan and LIRR Government & Community Affairs Managers Ryan Attard and Vanessa Lockel at a community meeting in Garden City in March.Andy Kraus, 3TC’s community ambassador to Garden City, joins 3TC’s Travis Brennan and LIRR Government & Community Affairs Managers Ryan Attard and Vanessa Lockel at a community meeting in Garden City in March.

Among his duties, Kraus ensures that details of construction elements reach entities like the Department of Motor Vehicles for Nassau County, to advise them of a temporary detour plan related to the Nassau Boulevard Bridge replacement and to ensure that student drivers’ test routes remain unaffected during construction. The team also worked closely with the Garden City Schools District as the Nassau Boulevard Bridge vehicular detour took effect, monitoring traffic to minimize disruptions as Garden City schools went back into session.

LIRR Expansion Project team members (from left to right) Andy Kraus, Julianne Yee, and Travis Brennan attend a Garden City school board meeting in January.LIRR Expansion Project team members (from left to right) Andy Kraus, Julianne Yee, and Travis Brennan attend a Garden City school board meeting in January.

The New Hyde Park grade crossing is being reconstructed to feature a new five-lane underpass with pedestrian sidewalks. The reconstructed grade crossing will enhance safety and provide for a quieter community along the railroad while reducing traffic.

The Nassau Boulevard Bridge, located in the Village of Garden City along the LIRR Main Line, is scheduled to be removed and replaced with a three-track structure as part of the LIRR Expansion Project over a single weekend, October 5-6. During that weekend, the existing bridge will be removed and the new bridge, which is currently under construction adjacent to the work site as part of the design-build process, will be lifted and rolled into place.

The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, reducing train congestion and delays and enabling true bi-directional service during peak hours. The Project is part of a multibillion-dollar modernization of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest investment the railroad has received in decades. Once the work is complete, the LIRR will have increased its capacity by roughly 50 percent. With the additional planned upgrades to stations, amenities, bridges and grade crossing eliminations, the project will help transform transportation across the region and provide a reliable, state-of-the-art rail system for the people of Long Island. For more information and photos of ongoing construction, please visit the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville project page on AModernLI.com.