The Linden Avenue Pedestrian Underpass in the Village of Floral Park, originally constructed in 1960, currently provides pedestrian access to the Floral Park Pool and Recreation Center from points north of the LIRR Main Line tracks. As part of the LIRR Expansion Project, the Linden Avenue Pedestrian Underpass was demolished and reconstructed to accommodate the new third track, which will be added to the Main Line. During construction, the existing underpass was closed to pedestrian traffic.
The Floral Park Pool and Recreation Center is a valuable community resource and maintaining access to the facility remains a priority for the LIRR Expansion Project team. While the Linden Avenue Pedestrian Underpass is currently the only pedestrian access point from north of the LIRR tracks, the Pool and Recreation Center remained accessible through other ingress and egress points on the south side of the tracks during construction.
Construction of the underpass began in late 2019 and was completed in April 2020.
During the project’s environmental review process, various methods to guarantee continued access to the Pool and Recreation Center were investigated. The project team continues to coordinate closely with local elected officials, Village representatives, and stakeholders to ensure Floral Park residents can continue to use this community resource unimpeded. The project team kept stakeholders apprised of ongoing construction activity so guests were able to plan their visits accordingly.
Replacement of the Linden Avenue Pedestrian Underpass was necessary to facilitate implementation of the new third track on the LIRR Main Line, which will help to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of the LIRR and support the growth and development of Long Island and the wider region.