Project Overview

The Willis Avenue grade crossing in the Village of Mineola is two of eight street-level crossings – one on the Main Line and one on the Oyster Bay Branch – to be eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville. The Willis Avenue grade crossing:

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

At Willis Avenue, grade crossing gates are in the down position 43 percent and 50 percent 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.

A two-way grade-separated underpass is being constructed in place of the Willis Avenue grade crossings. The following changes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic will take effect when construction of the underpass is complete:

  • Vehicles will be able to access Front Street, between Main Street and Willis Avenue, from a northbound service road on the western side of Willis Avenue. This service road will be accessible from eastbound 3rd Street only, between Main Street and Willis Avenue.
  • Front Street between Willis Avenue and Roslyn Road will be accessible via Roslyn Road only, and will provide a continuous connection to the western portion of Front Street between Main Street and Willis Avenue.
  • 3rd Street between Willis Avenue and Roslyn Road will be accessible by traveling northbound on Willis Avenue from Old Country Road.
  • Hinck Way will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and available as a service road for LIRR personnel only.
  • Pedestrians will traverse between the north and south sides of the tracks by using a newly constructed pedestrian overpass located west of Main Street. Please see the pedestrian map above for more information on crossing the tracks.
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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LIRR Expansion Team Discusses Project with Mineola Middle School Sixth-Graders

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Main Street Grade Crossing, Mineola Station, Mineola Substation, Willis Avenue Grade Crossing

On April 8th, Members of the LIRR Expansion Project team joined sixth grade students at Mineola Middle School to discuss the project and discuss the many different Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – related careers of members of the team. The ongoing STEM Competition open to middle and high…

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Mineola Board of Trustees Meeting - 03-13-19

LIRR Expansion Project Team Presents Update at Village of Mineola Board of Trustees Board Meeting

By | LIRR Expansion Project, Main Street Grade Crossing, Mineola Harrison Avenue Parking Structure, Mineola Main Street Parking, Mineola Second Street Parking, Mineola Station, Mineola Substation, Willis Avenue Grade Crossing

On March 13th, the LIRR Expansion Project team met with the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees and residents at the Village’s semi-monthly board meeting. The project team presented on the current construction status of the Mineola Harrison Parking Structure, as well as anticipated construction activities that will occur in…

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