Preparation for the excavation of the Covert Avenue grade crossing elimination continues. Support of excavation on the northern side of the project, which required a daytime closure of Covert Avenue for a short period concluded last week. According to a February 20th article in the New Hyde Park Herald Courier, “…the temporary traffic detour plan was a success, members of the board said…’It went a lot more smooth than I anticipated,’ building department Superintendent Tom Gannon said.”
Excavation for the underpass is scheduled to begin this spring, at which time Covert Avenue will be closed for approximately six months. The road will be reopened to traffic in October, with construction expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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.
For more information, please visit the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project page on AModernLI.com.