LIRR grade crossing elimination project completed in Mineola
The Long Island Rail Road grade crossing elimination project has finally been completed after five years of construction.
Cars will now go under the train crossing instead of stopping and waiting for the train to pass through. It also eliminates gates or illegal attempts to go around them, as well as traffic congestion.
"It's really a truly win, win, win, for everyone," Long Island Rail Road President Philip Eng said Friday.
Eng explained that the project started back in 2016 and the goal was to make the railroad safer and more robust, and that's exactly what he said they did.
"The expansion of the two grade crossings here at Willis Avenue along the main line and the Oyster Bay branch make the railroad safer and help improve service," Eng said.
Janno Lieber, acting MTA chairman and CEO, said the third track gives the MTA more flexibility to bypass problems when they exist.
Residents said they're hoping this makes a big difference when it comes to people's safety.
Eng said this also means less air pollution from cars sitting waiting to cross, and it also makes it cleaner, greener and safer for all.
The MTA also believes the grade crossing elimination will bring more business to Mineola and attract riders from the city to the area.
The project was also completed without zero homeowners being displaced.