SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The leaking tunnel that is supposed to connect the German Gerena Community School with other parts of Springfield’s North End neighborhood has been a problem for years. The effort to fix that problem will be the focus of a meeting Wednesday afternoon.
City Councilor Kateri Walsh and other members of the City Council Maintenance and Development Subcommittee will be meeting at noon with parents and members of community organizations, to discuss what- if any-progress has been made in fixing the tunnel issue. They will also talk about where things stand in terms of securing state funding for repairs.
Back in May, Mayor Domenic Sarno called for the state to allocate three million dollars to fix the quarter-mile long tunnel, which runs from Plainfield Street, through the school, underneath Birnie Avenue and Interstate 91, to an entrance on Main Street. It was created in an effort to connect different parts of the North End, which were separated by the construction of Interstate 91.