Tunnel in place, road reopens in Beaver Township

Route 46 tunnel

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State Route 46 in Beaver Township has reopened after being closed while crews build a pedestrian tunnel under the highway.

The new tunnel connects the South Range Schools K-12 campus with a sports complex across the street. Previously, students would have to cross Route 46 to access the facility.

Local tax dollars were not used for the $750,000 project. It was funded through federal and state funds.

“Funding was a joint venture with Eastgate Regional Council of Government and ODOT,” said Superintendent Dennis Dunham. “No contribution by local taxpayers or residents of South Range Schools.”

Finish work still needs to done on both sides of the tunnel. The project should be complete by mid-October.

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