In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Isaias, we’re taking stock of the many storm-resilient elements of the LIRR Expansion Project. The project’s detailed environmental impact statement included a detailed analysis of the project’s ability to minimize greenhouse gas emissions during construction and to withstand rising sea levels, increased temperatures, and more frequent and intense storms and flooding.
The Design-Builder’s contract documents include stringent environmental requirements—such as maximizing use of materials with recycled contents and sustainably harvested wood, state-of-the-art emissions controls on heavy machinery, and energy-efficient pumps and lighting. Permanent project features incorporate innovative design aspects to strengthen the Railroad’s infrastructure and make it less susceptible to damage from severe weather events. The enhanced stations include new canopies and shelters—with light emitting diodes (LEDs)—to protect LIRR customers from the elements. The project’s utility relocations include upgraded resilient steel poles, designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. New substations are equipped with surge protection devices to safeguard from lightning strikes. Roadway underpasses feature advanced drainage systems with backup mechanisms to keep stormwater moving, even during power outages. The LIRR Expansion Project is building to endure challenging climate conditions ahead and to serve future generations of Long Islanders.