Project Overview

The Urban Avenue grade crossing in the Town of North Hempstead is one of seven street-level crossings along the LIRR Main Line being eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville. Currently, the Urban Avenue grade crossing:

  • poses a safety risk to drivers, pedestrians and LIRR customers
  • contributes to noise and air pollution
  • lengthens commutes for both drivers and LIRR customers

In Westbury, as trains approach the station, grade crossing gates are in the down position 27 to 35 percent of the time during AM and PM peak hours, respectively. The need for the elimination of grade crossings is further illustrated by the six fatal crashes at grade crossing locations in the LIRR Main Line corridor between 2007 to 2017.

In consultation with the Town of North Hempstead, the Urban Avenue grade crossing is being reconstructed to accommodate a two-way grade separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the west side. Railroad Avenue will bridge over the underpass and remain connected. The grade crossing reconstruction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

This reconstructed grade crossing was designed in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead to enhance safety and provide for a quieter and more livable community along the railroad. The elimination of the Urban Avenue grade crossing is part of the LIRR Expansion Project to strengthen the reliability of LIRR infrastructure and ultimately support the growth and development of Long Island.

Construction Noise and Vibration Effects at Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Eliminations - 04-04-19

Design-Build Contractor 3TC Reduces Construction Noise and Vibration Effects at Covert Avenue and Urban Avenue Grade Crossing Eliminations

By | Covert Avenue Grade Crossing, LIRR Expansion Project, Urban Avenue Grade Crossing

3TC continues to meet community commitments throughout the project corridor by reducing noise and vibration effects from construction activities, specifically at the Covert Avenue and Urban Avenue grade crossing eliminations. Vibration monitoring boxes have been strategically placed near work sites to observe vibration levels at neighboring residences, and 3TC is…

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Urban Avenue Shuttle 03-29-19

Free Shuttle Bus Conveys Pedestrians Safely Back and Forth Over the Tracks at Urban Avenue During Construction

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Urban Avenue Grade Crossing

Urban Avenue in New Cassel may be temporarily closed to traffic, but Design-Build Contractor 3TC is committed to ensuring pedestrians can safely cross the LIRR tracks. 3TC is providing pedestrians with a FREE shuttle bus that runs every half hour from 7am to 7pm every day. The shuttle bus travels…

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