Construction has begun on a temporary firehouse for New Hyde Park in anticipation of the coming consecutive closings of the grade crossings at Covert Avenue and New Hyde Park Road in the Village of New Hyde Park. The closures presented a challenge to the village’s emergency services operations, as both of its firehouses are located on the north side of the Main Line tracks. With one of the two crossings to be closed for more than a year, response times to emergencies on the south side of the tracks were a concern, as every second matters during life-threatening situations.
Once the grade crossings are replaced with underpasses, response times are likely to decrease, as emergency vehicles will no longer have to wait for crossing gates to rise. During construction, however, the situation needed to be addressed: MTA Capital Construction, in consultation with the Village of New Hyde Park and the New Hyde Park Fire District, came up with a creative solution, the construction of temporary firehouse on the south side of the tracks at S. 12th Street and 3rd Avenue.
The New Hyde Park Fire District will be able to station fire and ambulance equipment on the south side of the tracks and respond to emergencies without any potential delays because of the closed grade crossings. The plan is typical of the unprecedented community involvement the LIRR Expansion project has demonstrated from the outset to minimize impact on the neighborhoods where work is taking place.
Construction of the temporary firehouse on the south side of the Main Line at S. 12th Street in New Hyde Park has begun with the installation of the facility’s foundation: