MTA Announces Temporary Closure of Urban Avenue as Crews Begin Rebuilding Railroad Crossing

Urban Avenue Grade Crossing 12-15-18

Beginning Friday, March 8, Urban Avenue in New Cassel will be temporarily closed between Broadway and Main Street as part of the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line Expansion Project to make the railroad safer and more reliable.

In consultation with the Town of North Hempstead, the MTA is rebuilding the railroad crossing at Urban Avenue as a two-way grade separated underpass with a sidewalk on the west side. Railroad Avenue will bridge over the underpass and remain connected. The MTA expects the crossing reconstruction to be completed in the fall.

“We are working hard to be able to reopen the rebuilt, safer roadway in just a manner of months,” said MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber. “The terrible crash in Westbury just last week is a painful reminder of the dangers posed by some grade crossings. Eliminating this railroad crossing and six others between Floral Park and Hicksville will make the area safer for everyone and also improve convenience for drivers and pedestrians.”

The entire press release is available here –

For more information, please visit the Urban Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project page on –