Project Overview

The Covert Avenue grade crossing has been eliminated and reconstructed to provide a two-lane grade-separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the underpass. The roadway beneath the underpass was officially opened in October 2019.

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. Previously, as trains approached the station, grade crossing gates were in the down position 32 to 42 percent of the time during AM and PM peak hours, respectively, and six fatal crashes at grade crossing locations in the LIRR Main Line corridor occurred between 2007 to 2017.

The Covert Avenue grade crossing in the Village of New Hyde Park 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 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.

LIRR Expansion Team Discusses Covert Avenue Detours and Reopening of New Covert Avenue Underpass at Village of New Hyde Park Board Meeting

On September 19th, the LIRR Expansion Project Team attended the Village of New Hyde Park September board meeting to address traffic inquiries regarding Covert Avenue detours and the reopening of the new Covert Avenue underpass; the team also provided attendees

Covert Avenue Vehicular Detour Plan Will Seamlessly Integrate with the Covert Avenue Street Fair Thanks to the LIRR Expansion Project Team

The Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 25th year hosting the Covert Avenue Street Fair on Saturday, September 21, on Tulip Avenue from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. The quarter-mile event stretches from Tulip Avenue to Cisney Avenue and
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