As 3TC survey ends, third track work continues

As 3TC survey ends, third track work continues
A third track running from Hicksville to the Floral Park Long Island Rail Road station (pictured) will be among the projects completed as part of the MTA's proposed 2020 capital plan. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

The survey period for residents to evaluate how the LIRR Expansion Project, also known as the third track project, has affected them so far ended last Friday, as the builder embarks on more construction in May.

A “Community Scorecard” was mailed to residents in New Hyde Park, Westbury, Carle Place, Hicksville, Mineola and other areas residing within 400 feet of the third track project, which seeks to add about 10 miles of track to the main line between Floral Park and Hicksville.

The survey asked residents to gauge the performance of 3TC, or Third Track Constructors, the project designer and builder hired by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, from Jan. 1 to March 31. The questions specifically targeted quality-of-life issues.

Results from the survey will help determine whether 3TC receives incentive payment for the quarter. These payments would come under the MTA Capital Construction and LIRR’s Design-Builder Incentive Program.

“This feedback helps determine whether 3TC earns the incentive payment for this quarter and is instrumental in improving construction mitigation techniques and project outreach efforts,” the community outreach team for the LIRR Expansion Project said via email.

The survey’s end came as preparation and construction projects are slated to continue in areas like Floral Park, Garden City Park, New Hyde Park and Mineola, according to, the third track project’s website.

Floral Park residents will see “continuing heavy construction activities” with a variety of projects.

Crews plan to continue work on expanding the South Tyson Viaduct, demolish and rebuild the Linden Avenue pedestrian underpass following the construction of retaining and sound walls, and begin preliminary work on installing new elevators at the Floral Park train station.

In Mineola, residents can expect to see surveys, testing and monitoring of construction activities, as well as early construction work for the Harrison Avenue parking garage.

In New Hyde Park and Garden City Park, construction crews will begin work on Covert Avenue for the elimination of a grade crossing and relocate utilities along New Hyde Park Road underground.

Crews will also conduct environmental testing at 115 New Hyde Park Road, according to the website, after which the building will be demolished and the area will be “protected, contained, and monitored for dust, debris, and noise.”

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