CONSTRUCTION UPDATES REGARDING THIRD TRACK PROJECT-UPDATED July 14, 2019

Third Track LIRR Project UPDATED 7/14/19 

South Tyson Viaduct Underpass Closure

3TC plans to commence work July 8th  relating to Phase III of the South Tyson Bridge Replacement.  From July 8th to August 16th the road and sidewalk under the South Tyson Viaduct will be closed from 6:30am to 4:30pm every day, and will re-open for vehicular traffic each evening.

This work will also result in the loss of an additional 4 to 6 spots under the LIRR station. To offset this, 3TC will provide an additional 4 to 6 spots  for commuter parking at the Storage Post lot (entrance on Lily Avenue) in addition to the 30 commuter spots currently available there. Village of Floral Park LIRR parking permits will be honored there.

On the weekend of Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th South Tyson will be closed completely (24hrs) both days for the actual installation of the new bridge. 3TC plans to reopen South Tyson on Monday morning, August 19th.

You may be interested in viewing the recent bridge replacement that took place at Cherry Lane in Carle Place on June 1st to June 2nd  Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement .

Below is a map of the Detour Route for the South Tyson Viaduct Closure.

 

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Third Track LIRR Project UPDATED 4/15/19 

The following information is from 3TC regarding the Covert Ave closure and detour plan: 

Progress is being made on the LIRR Expansion Project and 3rd Track Constructors (3TC) wants to make sure that you’re aware of a road closure in New Hyde Park, which is needed to accommodate the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination Project.

On Monday, April 15, 2019, a long-term closure of Covert Avenue, between 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue, will begin. The closure will last for approximately six months.

Detours, created in coordination with Nassau County and Village officials, have been established to help get around the closure.

  • Vehicles heading in either direction will be directed to take the following roads around the closure: Jericho Turnpike, Tulip Avenue, Covert Avenue (south of 10th Avenue), Stewart Avenue, and New Hyde Park Road.
  • Commercial trucks heading in either direction will be directed to take the following roads around the closure: Jericho Turnpike, Tulip Avenue, and New Hyde Park Road.

Please see the maps below for details.

For more information, please click here. Also note, during construction, Covert Avenue businesses will remain open and accessible to the public. To find out more about the businesses, please visit our “Open for Business” page at LIRRExpansion.com.

While we recognize that this work may be disruptive, your Community Ambassador team is available for you. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] or call our 24/7 hotline at 516-203-4955.

 

What:                  Covert Avenue Street Closure

Where:                Covert Avenue Between 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue

When:                  Beginning Monday, April 15th for approximately 6 months

Times:                  24 hours a day/7 days a week

 

Detour Maps

 

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As  you have probably noticed, over the past few weeks much of the Third Track Construction work has moved eastward in the Village. While the work was previously concentrated in the area of the South Tyson Viaduct, work now is taking place between Plainfield and Hanover. As you can imagine, as this work is now taking place in a more residential area of the Village, it has created a different set of  issues.  Many of these issues, regarding night time work and workers’ vehicles parked in the street, are addressed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Village and the LIRR. We have raised the issues concerning compliance with the MOU with 3TC and have been assured by 3TC that we will be given prior advance notice if there is any additional nighttime work. Also, we would like to thank the residents in the work area for keeping us apprised of issues as they arise. This makes it easier for us to address compliance with the MOU with 3TC .  Please continue to send your comments to [email protected]

Traffic Flow Changes 

On a related note, in anticipation of the six (6) month full closure of Covert Avenue north of Stewart Avenue (which is still currently scheduled to begin April 15th), the Village has made certain changes in the vicinity of Covert Avenue. Please click the following link for more information Traffic Flow Changes & Trustee Cheng’s presentation

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WORK AT PLAINFIELD AVENUE & TERRACE AVENUE

3TC will begin work on the installation of the retaining wall on Terrace Avenue beginning at the corner of Plainfield Avenue. That construction team will be working to begin the Maintenance and Protection of Traffic plan (MPT) on Friday 1/18/19. This work will be in anticipation of building the first section of retaining wall. The work will involve the elimination of parking spots on the north side of Terrace and fencing off the sidewalk. This will mean pedestrian access will be closed on the north side of Terrace from Plainfield to the first residence.

Please click the following to be directed to the LIRR Expansion Project Scorecard information page

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The following link is the most recent “Six Week Look Ahead” from the contractors on the Third Track Project, 3TC.    2/25/19 6 week look ahead . The Village’s experience has been that this information is subject to change, but it is nonetheless useful to see what work 3TC considers to be on the horizon.

In addition to what is reflected on the attached Six Week Look Ahead, our current understanding of the relevant Third Track Project work schedule impacting Floral Park is as follows:

  • November , 2018-Work to begin on South Tyson Viaduct. This work is currently expected to continue until July 2018. This will result in a loss of a number of commuter parking spaces under the LIRR tracks during this period. 3TC has provided replacement parking at the former Men on the Move property (now the Storage Post) and the Village’s commuter parking permits will be honored and enforced there.
  • February, 2019– Installation of the SOE (Support of excavation)/retaining walls to begin along the Mainline. This work is currently expected to last approximately 11 months. During this same time frame, we are also advised that work will begin and end on the Linden Avenue Tunnel.
  • February 2019– Work to begin on Floral Park Station Elevators. The estimated elevator construction completion date is late 2019.
  • Covert Ave underpass preconstruction work begins January 2019, shutdown starts March, 2019– Work to begin on Covert Avenue grade crossing (Mainline only, not Hempstead Line grade crossing). Although this work will take place in New Hyde Park, it will certainly impact traffic flow in Floral Park. This work is currently expected to continue for 9 months (3 months of pre-construction, 6 months of shutdown). The portion of Covert Ave. to be shutdown will be North of Stewart Ave.
  • Fall 2019-Construction is slated to begin on the Plainfield Avenue underpass and continue for approximately 8 months.

The construction schedule has changed several times and is likely to change as this project moves forward. Consequently, please check for updates at the Village’s  website – https://fpvillage.org/lirr-third-track-information/  and at 3TC’s website:  http://www.thirdtrackli.com/floral-park/

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Third Track LIRR Project UPDATED 3/7/19 – 3TC Soil Sample Results

The Village is in receipt of the environmental soil sampling results from the testing performed on behalf of 3TC, the contractors for the Third Track Project, and the MTA. The Village had these results reviewed by the Vertex Companies Inc. (Vertex), the engineers hired by the Village to review the work of 3TC during the Third Track Project.

Per the review of Vertex, although the soil sample results reflect that there are locations where soils had concentrations of certain contaminants above levels for unrestricted use, these levels should not be considered of significant concern to the public health of Village residents, provided the appropriate procedures for soil disturbance and soil removal are followed.

The Village Department of Public Works and Vertex will monitor 3TC’s activities and procedures regarding soil disturbance and removal.

Attached is a link to the soil sampling results that the Village received from 3TC. Environmental Soil Results. https://fpvillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/3TCs-Soil-Sample-Results.pdf

Attached is a link to Vertex’s review of 3TC’s Environmental Soil Sample Results. https://fpvillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Vertex-Review-of-3TCs-soil-sample-results.pdf

Attached is Vertex’s review of additional soil samples requested by the Village 2019-01-23 FP Analytical Data Review

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Third Track LIRR Project 
UPDATED 12/11/18

This week, the 3rd Track Contractors will be removing the trees next to the LIRR Right-of-Way on Terrace Avenue, starting at Plainfield Avenue and going East until the first house on the track side of Terrace Avenue.   The trees will be removed because when 3TC excavates along the LIRR Right-of-Way to prepare for installation of the base for the retaining wall, a large portion of the roots for these trees will be removed and these trees will then be unsafe. The Village had 3TC delay this work so that the Village’s arborist could perform a separate evaluation as to the necessity for removing these trees. Unfortunately, the Village’s arborist came to the same conclusion as 3TC’s arborist.

The good news is that  trees and landscaping will be replaced along Terrace Avenue as part of the 3rd Track Project.

Click the link for a copy of the correspondence delivered by 3TC’s Community Ambassador to the residents along Terrace Avenue. 3TC Letter to Residents 

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As you have probably witnessed, real construction for the 3rd Track work is about to start, first at South Tyson Avenue. As you know, the supporting structure for the 3rd Track at South Tyson Avenue will be between the Main Line and Hempstead Branches. A new bridge between the branch openings has to be constructed.

Phase 1 of the project will concentrate on the opening from the east side of Tulip Avenue to the west side of South Tyson Avenue.    18 parking spots under the railroad in that area and 4 west side South Tyson Avenue metered parking spots will be temporarily eliminated. The contractors have provided alternate parking at 50 Carnation Ave.     30 spots are available for anyone who has a Village under railroad parking permit. To use the spots at 50 Carnation, please enter off Lily Street. These spots are on a first come first served basis as is all parking under the railroad.

Two way traffic will be maintained on South Tyson Avenue. However, the lanes will not be as wide as prior to construction.

Also, the sidewalk on the west side of South Tyson Avenue will be closed to pedestrians. All pedestrians must utilize the sidewalk on the east side of South Tyson Avenue. Additional stop signs and signs directing vehicles to the Lily Street parking lot have been installed.

The Floral Park-Bellerose School District has been notified and they plan to send a letter to JLCS students and parents today.

Phase 1 is estimated to take approximately 4 months

We urge all  motorist and pedestrians to exercise caution when traversing the area during construction.

Please click on the following link for 3TC’s most recent “Six Week Look Ahead” 11-05-18 6 week look ahead

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UPDATED 9/13/18

There will be a public information session about the LIRR Third Track Project, including a presentation from the LIRR and Third Track Constructors (3TC), the design-build consortium that has the contract to perform the work.

The meeting will be held at the New Hyde Park Road School Auditorium located at 300 New Hyde Park Road tonight Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 pm.

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UPDATE-Aug 9, 2018

 

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Below is a link to the website set up by  3TC  for the LIRR Third Track Expansion project.

www.thirdtrackLI.com

 

The obligations of the LIRR and contractors on the Third Track Project are set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding negotiated between the Village and the Lon Island Rail Road.

Memorandum of understanding

UPDATE-May 10, 2018

The letter below was sent to Village residences adjoining the Mainline by 3TC , The Third Track projects’ construction team. The information is useful for all residents so we are posting it here.

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UPDATE-APRIL 25, 2018

The Long Island Railroad is beginning preparations for the proposed Third Track Project.

Over the next few days, the contractors for the Third Track Project will be installing access gates at four locations on the LIRR Right-of-Way.

These locations are:

  • Roscoe/Fuller
  • Terrace Avenue, east of Plainfield
  • Hanover Street
  • North Street

After these access gates are installed and within the next few weeks, the contractors will begin “clearing and grubbing” (shrub and weed removal) along the Third Track Right- of- Way in preparation for the project.

Representatives from 3TC, the contractors chosen to perform the Third Track work, have assured us that they will be reaching out to all residents who may be impacted while this project moves forward.

The HOTLINE # for the Third Track Project that 3TC has established is (516) 203-4955.

You can also continue to check back here as we will post updates from 3TC and the LIRR as we receive them.

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UPDATE-MARCH 27, 2018

Please be advised that the LIRR soil boring tests will commence on March 28th and continue on the dates listed below.

Date Location(s)
Wednesday March 28 Atlantic Ave, east of South Tyson Av, north side
Thursday March 29 Atlantic Ave, east of South Tyson Av, north side AND Plainfield Ave at Terrance Ave, NE corner
Friday March 30 Plainfield Ave at Terrance Ave, NE corner
Saturday March 31 Caroline Place Angle Parking AND Commuter Parking under Viaduct, Stat 101+50
Monday April 2 Plainfield Ave at Terrance Ave, NE corner
Saturday April 7 Caroline Place Angle Parking

UPDATE-AS OF 9:00 PM ON MARCH 19, 2018

Please be advised that the test borings, referenced below. originally scheduled for March 20, 2018 have been rescheduled for THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018.

UPDATE – MARCH 19, 2018

On Tuesday, March 20, soil borings for the LIRR Third Track Project will begin at the locations listed below.  There may be some traffic delays in these areas.

Location of Work

100 feet West of South Tyson Avenue
150 feet West of South Tyson Avenue
Northeast Corner Atlantic Avenue & Woodbine Court
300 feet West of Plainfield Avenue
Plainfield Avenue North of LIRR
Southeast Corner Plainfield Avenue & Terrace Avenue

UPDATE – MARCH 7, 2018

As you may be aware, the MTA awarded the contract for the construction of the Third Track Project to a joint venture of companies collectively called 3TC.

For the next several months, 3TC will be in the Pre-Construction Phase of the project.  During this time, you may see certain work crews from 3TC performing preparatory work prior to the commencement of certain elements of the construction project.  The first phases of actual construction portions of the project may begin as early as this coming Fall.

Over the last few weeks, the Village and 3TC, together with representatives of the LIRR have met to discuss the construction project.  3TC will be providing updates and advance notification of upcoming aspects of the construction related work.  The Village will be posting these notifications here on our website, in addition to any notifications residents may receive directly from 3TC.

So, please periodically refer back to this website for construction updates.

The first of these notifications from 3TC, relating to soil boring and survey work are set forth below.

 

FLORAL PARK ADVISORY

Third Track Report–Survey worked scheduled  

Third Track Report– Test Borings Schedule 

 

 

 

The LIRR has released the Final Scoping Document for the Third Track Expansion Project.

The Final Scoping Document includes:

  • A description of the Proposed Project, including Purpose and Need
  • A preliminary identification of the Proposed Project’s potential significant adverse impacts to be
    studied and assessed in the Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
  • The methodology to be used and the data to be reviewed in assessing potential impacts in the
    DEIS
  • Alternatives to be considered
  • Potential mitigation measures to be considered
  • A summary of prominent issues raised during the public scoping process

Final Scoping Document (over 130 pages) – Hard copy available at the Library

http://www.amodernli.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/LIRR_Final_Scoping_Document_2016-08-26.pdf

In addition, below is a link to the raw public comments from the scoping sessions and a link to a map which shows the recently surveyed LIRR Right-of-Way (ROW).

Scoping Comments

www.amodernli.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Scoping_Comments_Attachments.zip

ROW Map – Hard copy available at the Library

http://www.amodernli.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ROW-GIS_Mapping_160825.pdf