Moles Come Aboveground for LIRR Expansion Project

Moles Come Aboveground for LIRR Expansion Project

On October 18th, the LIRR Expansion Project team welcomed over 400 student Moles studying engineering at local Long Island colleges and universities for an exciting “classroom for a day” to learn directly from project leaders and experts about the construction methods used to build this dynamic project.

The Moles is a national fraternal organization representing the brave people working underground in the heavy construction industry: these are the individuals who deliver some of our most significant tunneling, subway, marine, and public works projects. To engage the next generation of Moles and heavy construction specialists, the organization invites hundreds of local Long Island students to tour construction sites to meet with and learn from industry leaders.

As part of the program, the student Moles heard a presentation about the project, its benefits to the region and the fundamental construction techniques used at various project sites. They were then invited to get up close to project elements throughout the corridor during a tour of construction sites, where they saw heavy construction techniques in action, including at the newly-replaced Nassau Boulevard Bridge in Garden City.

The LIRR Expansion Project team was delighted the Moles chose this transformative project as their classroom for the day. The LIRR Expansion Project’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Safety Educational Program is a collaborative effort with schools and other education organizations along the project corridor. Through this educational outreach program, students are encouraged to apply STEM studies to a real-world, local project. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of STEM professionals working on the project.

The LIRR Expansion Project’s recent STEM Competition was open to students in grades 6 through 12 attending specific schools along the project corridor. Competition participants were asked to respond to a prompt through either a poster or video submission, and entrants were judged based on grade level – the winners were announced in June. For more information about the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville, please visit the project page on –