Project Overview

The Willis Avenue grade crossing in the Village of Mineola 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 Willis Avenue grade crossing:

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

At Willis Avenue, grade crossing gates are in the down position 43 percent and 50 percent during AM and PM peak periods, respectively. 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.

A two-way grade-separated underpass with an elevator and pedestrian bridge is being instructed in place of the Willis Avenue grade crossing. It will provide a one-way service road on the west side of Willis Avenue and connect northbound Willis Avenue to eastbound Hinck Way; it will also connect to the businesses between the LIRR Main Line and the LIRR Oyster Bay Branch. The underpass will extend south to maintain traffic on Front Street westbound across Willis Avenue. In addition, the intersection of Willis Avenue and Third Street will be signalized for merging traffic.

This reconstructed grade crossing was designed in conjunction with the Village of Mineola to enhance safety and provide for a quieter and more livable community along the railroad. The elimination of the Willis 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.

LIRR Expansion Team Discusses Project with Mineola Middle School Sixth-Graders

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Main Street Grade Crossing, Mineola Station, Mineola Substation, Willis Avenue Grade Crossing

On April 8th, Members of the LIRR Expansion Project team joined sixth grade students at Mineola Middle School to discuss the project and discuss the many different Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – related careers of members of the team. The ongoing STEM Competition open to middle and high…

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Mineola Board of Trustees Meeting - 03-13-19

LIRR Expansion Project Team Presents Update at Village of Mineola Board of Trustees Board Meeting

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Main Street Grade Crossing, Mineola Harrison Avenue Parking Structure, Mineola Main Street Parking, Mineola Second Street Parking, Mineola Station, Mineola Substation, Willis Avenue Grade Crossing

On March 13th, the LIRR Expansion Project team met with the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees and residents at the Village’s semi-monthly board meeting. The project team presented on the current construction status of the Mineola Harrison Parking Structure, as well as anticipated construction activities that will occur in…

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