Construction Continues on the North Shore Rail Trail
The North Shore Rail Trail, formerly known as the Rails to Trails Recreational Path, is an approximately 10-mile recreational path and is currently under construction on the former Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) right-of-way, owned by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). The trail runs from Crystal Brook Hollow Road in Mt. Sinai to Wading River Manor Road in Wading River, and parallels NYS Rt. 25A.
Currently, Suffolk County Department ofPublic Works and DF Stone construction have placed RCA subbase material alongthe Trail from west (Crystal Brook Hollow Road, Mt. Sinai) east to (Sound BeachBoulevard, Miller Place, as of 09/16/2020) and are continuing east withsubbase, on a daily basis. We anticipate asphalt to start being placed inOctober 2020, weather permitting. The electrical sub-contractor has beenworking for the last month as well, repairing PSE&G facilities in variouslocations throughout the job site. There are also plans to bring in the sub-contractorto begin installation of the bollards and construction of the crossings atintersecting side streets, as per project plans. DF Stone and DPW plan to havethe western approximately 2.5 miles of trail (Crystal Brook Hollow Road, MtSinai to Miller Place Road, Miller Place) paved by the end of 2020. TheTrail is estimated to be completed in Fall of 2021.
The project was first suggested over50 years ago by local civic members, and re-introduced in 2001 by advocates of bicycleorganizations, the Setauket-Port Jefferson Greenway Trail and communityresidents. Many individuals and elected officials have assisted in facilitatingthe path that is funded by federal and state grants totaling close to $10million, with a $500,000 match from Suffolk County. Suffolk County entered intoa licensing agreement with LIPA to utilize the right-of-way for the trail. Theengineering group NV5 was chosen by the Suffolk County Department of PublicWorks (DPW) to plan and design the trail. The final design was approved bySuffolk County DPW, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) andthe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2018.
In 2019, Suffolk County’s DPWapproved DF Stone Contracting to construct the trail, reducing the cost oftrail construction by approximately $2 million through the Request for Proposalprocess. The county will work with the Town of Brookhaven Department of Highwaysand NYSDOT for trail signage and lighting installation at road intersections. Maintenanceof the trail will involve a partnership with not-for-profit organizations andSuffolk County Parks Department. Suffolk County Police and Parks Departmentwill provide law enforcement oversight for the trail.
The trail will connect localrecreational areas, schools, businesses, residential areas and athletic fields.It will provide a safer alternative for residents to walk, run and bike. Theproject will be a green transportation alternative that will reduce trafficcongestion, improve air quality and encourage healthier lifestyles. The trail’sclose proximity to many locally-owned businesses along NYS Rt. 25A will enhancethe local economy and promote the ecotourism hub that includes the TeslaScience Museum, New York State RCA Park and downtown revitalization of RockyPoint.
Legislator Anker’s office formed the NorthShore Rail Trail (formerly Rails to Trails) Civic Advisory Roundtable in 2016.Each civic organization in the 6th Legislative District hasdesignated a representative to attend the roundtable meetings to provide inputin the development of the trail and to keep the community informed and involvedin the design and construction of the project.
620 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai, New York 11766 • 631-854-1600