Project Overview

The Covert Avenue grade crossing in the Village of New Hyde Park is one of eight street-level crossings along the LIRR Main Line being eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville.

The Covert Avenue grade crossing is being eliminated and reconstructed to provide a two-lane grade-separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the underpass. This reconstructed grade crossing has been designed in conjunction with the Village of New Hyde Park and will enhance safety and provide for a quieter and more livable community along the railroad.

The Covert Avenue grade crossing has long posed a safety risk to drivers, pedestrians and LIRR customers, contributed to noise and air pollution and caused lengthy commutes for both drivers and LIRR customers: as trains approach the station in New Hyde Park, grade crossing gates are down 32 to 42 percent of the time in the AM and PM peak hour periods. The need for grade crossing elimination is further illustrated by the six fatal crashes at grade crossing locations in the LIRR Main Line corridor between 2007 to 2017.

The elimination of the Covert Avenue grade crossing is part of the LIRR Expansion Project to strengthen the reliability of LIRR infrastructure and to support the growth and development of Long Island and the wider region.

Suffolk County Economic Development Team Joins LIRR Expansion Project Team at Community Information Center in Mineola

On April 10th, members of the Suffolk County Economic Development team joined the LIRR Expansion Project team at the Community Information Center in Mineola to discuss ongoing progress. The team presented a project overview and showcased the latest construction milestones

MTA Begins Major Construction at Covert Avenue in the Village of New Hyde Park to Eliminate Street-Level Railroad Crossing

On April 14th, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that Covert Avenue, between 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue, in the Village of New Hyde Park will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, April 15th, 2019, as part of the Long Island

Temporary New Hyde Park Firehouse Takes Shape on S. 12th Street in Advance of April 15th Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Closure

Significant progress has been made on the construction of the temporary firehouse on S. 12th Street in New Hyde Park. With the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing scheduled to close on April 15th, the LIRR Expansion Project is providing a temporary

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