Renovated Huntington LIRR Station South Car Park Opens

HUNTINGTON, NY – The renovated LIRR Huntington South parking lot reopened on Wednesday, Huntington Supervisor Edmund Smyth announced.

The city also gained approval for additional suburban facility upgrades with $4 million in funding from the State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) program.

“We are proud to deliver this long-awaited renovation in the first few months of our administration, but the best is yet to come,” Smyth said. “We plan to move forward with more commuter infrastructure upgrades at Huntington Station with recently approved grant funding. Thanks to Jim Ahrens and our engineering team, our Highway Superintendent Andre Sorrentino and his team, the General Services and Transportation and Highway Safety Departments for all their hard work in bringing this project to fruition on a shoestring budget.”

The South Parking lot renovation project, the final phase of which depended on the weather, resumed in the last week of March. Milling and paving was completed in the first week and a half of April. Road safety signage was installed and the pitch was striped on Tuesday evening.

The city’s south parking lot renovation project added 29 new parking spaces. The lot now has 253 places. The project also includes a new accessible sidewalk on the east side of Fairground Avenue, drainage improvements, lighting upgrades, resurfacing with new asphalt paving, two-way traffic flow in each lane, reconstruction of the south retaining wall and the installation of EV Conduits for the potential installation of electric vehicle charging stations if funds are available to add the infrastructure in the future.

Funding for the south parking lot renovation required approximately $431,000 in citywide parking repair funds from the Department of General Services, additional funding of $175,000 approved by City Council in February 2021, and a additional funding of $140,000 approved by city council in June 2021, according to the city.

In 2018, the city announced $4 million in SAM grant funding for improved parking facilities at the Huntington LIRR station. The funds were intended for renovations to the north and south parking lots, replacement of the elevator in the north parking garage, and structural concrete repairs to the east walkway leading to the north parking garage.

The municipality received the authorization to proceed from the State on the reimbursable developments on April 5.


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James H. Wright