The Hillside Avenue tunnel, which has been closed since the summer, has
officially re-opened on Thursday morning.
The tunnel, also known as Kenishka
Passage, was originally
scheduled for completion prior to the first day of school, but was delayed as
the township waited for the special order piping, Mayor Tom Hannen had said.
Closure of the tunnel also caused some students to cross the train tracks
during the first few days of school since they could not make their way through
the passage. Cranford Police immediately announced this and parents were warned
of the dangers.
Students and parents can now safely make it to and from Hillside Avenue School
using the tunnel, according to Township Administrator, Joe Hartnett. The tunnel
is now lined with a wooden walkway, but finishing of the interior of the tunnel
is yet to be completed.
The Township is all set to complete work on the tunnel, according to Hartnett, they are just waiting for the final go ahead from Conrail.
Check back with Cranford Patch as more information on the Hillside Avenue
tunnel becomes available.