Crews are making tremendous progress at the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project in New Hyde Park. The new bridge, which will support the Main Line above the overpass, will be pushed into place utilizing a system that includes eighteen jacks to move the structure into place during a full weekend service outage on August 24th and 25th. Roadway construction is scheduled to begin in September, to be completed in November.
Forms have been put in place on the north side of the Main Line on Covert Avenue for the concrete pour for the walls for the underpass, with similar work underway on the south side of the tracks.
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 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. For more information and construction photos, please visit the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/covert-avenue-grade-crossing-elimination/.