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Tunnel Closure Causes Students to Cross Rail Tracks, Police Say

Cranford Police urge parents to warn their children not to cross the tracks.

The Hillside Avenue tunnel closure is leading some students to climb the fence and enter the rail tracks, according to an alert sent out by Cranford Police.

“Parents are urged to warn their children under no circumstances to attempt to cross the tracks,” police said. “This is extremely dangerous.”

The Hillside Avenue tunnel is expected to be complete in three weeks, according to Mayor Tom Hannen. Originally, the project was expected to be complete by the first day of school, but the piping of the tunnel, which was at first thought to be stock product, needed to be ordered. The wait for the piping caused the delay, Hannen said.

Police are instructing students and parents to use Centennial Avenue, Wall Street, Collins Street, or Hillside Avenue to get to and from school until the construction is complete.

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Nancy Hilla Malinowski September 09, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Seriously, who thought it would NOT have to ordered and left this mess for the start of school? Someone needs to take responsibility.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) September 09, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Hi Nancy, not sure, but Hannen said at one meeting that they were originally told it was stock material and later found out it was not.
Barbara White El-Khoury September 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM
without the tunnel that is a very long walk for many students. The entire south side goes there for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. If you live retford avenue, you woud have to go all the way down lincoln, high street and down centennial and across the entire Has field? Has anyone measured if this is over 2 miles ? If so, the kids are entiled to busing.

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