Project Overview

The School Street grade crossing, located in the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead, 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 School Street grade crossing:

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

As trains approach Westbury Station, grade crossing gates are in the down position 27 to 35 percent of the time 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.

In consultation with the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead, the School Street grade crossing is being reconstructed into a two-way grade separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side. Railroad Avenue will be reconstructed to maintain access to School Street.

This reconstructed grade crossing was designed in conjunction with the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead and to enhance safety and provide for a quieter and more livable community along the railroad. The elimination of the School Street 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.

School Street Grade Crossing Elimination 11-13-20

Lt. Governor Kathy Holchul and MTA C&D President Janno Lieber Open School Street Grade Crossing

By | School Street Grade Crossing

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, MTA Construction & Development President Janno Lieber and local elected officials today opened the new School Street underpass in the Village of Westbury and Hamlet of New Cassel. The undergrade crossing separates it from the Long Island Rail Road Main Line. It’s the fifth railroad crossing…

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School Street Grade Crossing Elimination 10-04-20

LIRR Expansion Project Hits Halfway Point Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

By | Floral Park Station, Glen Cove Bridge, Meadowbrook Parkway Bridge, New Hyde Park Road Grade Crossing, School Street Grade Crossing

With four of eight railroad crossings eliminated and six of seven bridges replaced or upgraded, among other accomplishments, MTA Construction & Development has reached the half way point for construction of the LIRR Expansion Project, ahead of schedule and under budget. The project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects…

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Sound wall with trees 08-14-20

Not Just Construction: LIRR Expansion Project Brings Quality of Life Improvements

By | LIRR Expansion Project, New Hyde Park Road Grade Crossing, School Street Grade Crossing, Urban Avenue Grade Crossing

MTA Construction & Development’s LIRR Expansion Project will undoubtedly make riding the rails better by reducing train delays and enabling true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. But all these upgrades and new infrastructure also goes a long way to improve quality of life in…

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School Street 07-07-20

Class is in Session at School Street as Heavy Construction Underway to Eliminate LIRR Grade Crossing

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Project Update, School Street Grade Crossing

Coming off a highly successful weekend bridge replacement at Glen Cove Road, MTA C&D, LIRR and 3rd Track Constructors (3TC) began heavy construction at School Street to eliminate the grade crossing there. The crossing – located on the Main Line at the Westbury/New Cassel border –is the fourth of eight…

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School Street Grade Crossing Elimination 12-13-19

Bridge Replacements over a Single Weekend Require Months of Planning and Preparation 

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Project Update, School Street Grade Crossing

During the past year, the LIRR Expansion Project successfully eliminated two grade crossings with underpasses beneath grade crossings at Urban Avenue in North Hempstead and Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park. Work was completed with only a weekend suspension of railroad services and a 180-day closure of the street. Work…

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Box Jacking

Jack in the Box? Not Exactly…

By | Covert Avenue Grade Crossing, LIRR Expansion Project, Main Street Grade Crossing, New Hyde Park Road Grade Crossing, School Street Grade Crossing, South 12th Street Grade Crossing, Urban Avenue Grade Crossing, Willis Avenue Grade Crossing

Box-jack. Have you heard of it? No, not the burger, and definitely not the creepy musical clown that pops out at you. It’s yet another in a series of incredible firsts for the MTA as part of the LIRR Expansion Project: a revolutionary technique to install railroad bridges over underpasses,…

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School Street Grade Crossing Elimination 06-21-19

Installation of Supports for Sound Walls Underway at School Street Grade Crossing Elimination

By | LIRR Expansion Project, School Street Grade Crossing

Piles have been driven to support sound walls east of the School Street grade crossing in New Cassel. These walls enable the LIRR to build within the right of way and serve as a barrier for train noise. 3rd Track Constructors, the design-build contractor for the LIRR Expansion Project, is…

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