The Village of Floral Park said Tuesday that the Linden Avenue tunnel, which provides access to the recreation center off Charles Street, will be closed for approximately six months as part of the next phase of the LIRR third track construction project.
“As previously reported work on the retaining and sound walls behind the recreation center and the pool and the expansion of the Linden Avenue tunnel will start tomorrow,” Trustee Archie Cheng said at a Tuesday village board meeting. “As of tomorrow, the Linden Avenue tunnel will be closed.”
Cheng said it is estimated that the tunnel will be closed until late January.
According to the LIRR, the Linden Avenue pedestrian underpass will be demolished and rebuilt. Construction crews will install tiebacks and soldier piles, which are installed by vibratory hammers to provide the support necessary for the reconstruction of the underpass. Sections of soldier piles will be installed in sequence to form a wall for earth support.
The Floral Park Recreation Center will remain accessible through other egress points, the LIRR says.
The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track on the Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville and is being carried out by 3rd Track Constructors. The project began in January 2018 and is to be completed by late 2022. Its development areas include Carle Place, Floral Park, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hicksville, Mineola, New Cassel, New Hyde Park and Westbury.