MTA Begins Major Construction at Covert Avenue in the Village of New Hyde Park to Eliminate Street-Level Railroad Crossing

Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination 03-29-19On April 14th, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that Covert Avenue, between 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue, in the Village of New Hyde Park will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, April 15th, 2019, as part of the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line Expansion Project that will make the railroad safer and more reliable.

Preliminary construction at the site began in October, as crews readied the area for the extensive work that will eliminate the need for cars to cross over the railroad tracks. This railroad crossing is one of seven such grade-crossing elimination projects that will be completed under the ongoing LIRR Expansion Project, also known as “Third Track,” set for completion in 2022.

Following robust consultation with the Village of New Hyde Park, the MTA is rebuilding the railroad crossing at Covert Avenue as a two-way grade separated underpass with a sidewalk on the east side. The MTA expects the crossing reconstruction to be completed in the fall. Fines can be levied against the contractor if it fails to abide by the construction completion timelines.

The entire press release is available here –

For more information about the Covert Avenue grade crossing elimination, please visit the Covert Avenue grade crossing elimination project page on –