This weekend, August 24-25, LIRR and 3TC crews will install a new LIRR bridge and underpass tunnel at Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park, which will be the project’s fourth bridge installation this summer, as the railroad aims to eliminate eight grade crossings along the LIRR Expansion Project corridor from Floral Park to Hicksville.
Over the past several months, crews have been building the new train bridge and tunnel structure adjacent to the tracks, in preparation for the installation. The Covert Avenue grade crossing will be eliminated and reconstructed to provide a two-lane grade-separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the underpass.
WATCH: Joe Tenaglia, LIRR construction area manager, explains how crews will install the new bridge: https://youtu.be/AX8groOobwc
Covert Avenue, from 1st Avenue and Wayne Avenue, remains closed. The detour plan, designed to make navigating around the closure as easy as possible, is still in effect. Businesses along Covert Avenue will remain accessible throughout construction.
To allow this work to take place, service changes along the LIRR’s Main Line, along with adjustments on other branches, are necessary. To prepare for and execute the “push” of the new bridge, there will be no train service between New Hyde Park and Hicksville (in both directions), beginning in the late evening on Friday, August 23 and lasting through early morning, Monday, August 26, as well as adjustments on other branches. For more information, including travel tips, alternate station options, a map detailing the service changes, and parking details, please see here.
For more information and photos of ongoing construction, please visit Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/covert-avenue-grade-crossing-elimination/.
The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, reducing train congestion and delays and enabling true bi-directional service during peak hours. The Project is part of a multibillion-dollar modernization of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest investment the railroad has received in decades. Once the work is complete, the LIRR will have increased its capacity by roughly 50 percent. With the additional planned upgrades to stations, amenities, bridges and grade crossing eliminations, the project will help transform transportation across the region and provide a reliable, state-of-the-art rail system for Long Islanders – http://www.amodernli.com/project/thirdtrack/.