Excavation for the underpass at the Urban Avenue Grade Crossing in the Town of North Hempstead has begun, with the support of excavation (SOE) soldier piles in its final stages. Construction of the Railroad Avenue bridge, which will span the underpass, will be completed in the summer. Roadway construction will commence following the roll-in of the new bridge, with completion of the entire project currently scheduled for mid-to-late-autumn 2019.
The Urban Avenue grade crossing in New Cassel in the Town of North Hempstead is one of seven street-level crossings along the LIRR Main Line being eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville. Currently, the Urban Avenue 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
This reconstructed grade crossing was designed in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead to enhance safety and provide for a quieter and more livable community along the railroad. The elimination of the Urban Avenue 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.
For more information about the Urban Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination, please visit the Urban Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/urban-avenue-grade-crossing-elimination/.