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MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) this spring will enter the final phases of its $387.2 million double-track project.Starting today and through May 18, LIRR crews will work around-the-clock to connect new track to the existing second track west of the station in Central Islip, New York. Workers also will install third rail in the same area.Pre-testing of the signal system at Central Islip will take place this week, while a cutover is planned for May 5-6, LIRR officials said in a press release.Contractors also will work on new track and signal systems from Deer Park to Farmingdale, New York. Additionally, in preparation for track alignment in June, workers will install new track panels in Ronkonkoma, New York.The larger project called for building a second track along 18 miles of LIRR's Ronkonkoma Branch. The effort is aimed at improving reliability and service, and reducing delays in the event of a service disruption.Earlier this year, LIRR laid the final 5 miles of rail for the double-track project, which is slated to be completed by summer's end.
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