Big improvements made to Gerena tunnel in Springfield’s North End

Tunnel had been plagued with leaks for years

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Major improvements are underway to the tunnel connecting the Gerena Community School on Birnie Avenue with Main and Plainfield Streets in Springfield’s North End.

Leaking and flooding from the Birnie Avenue bridge above the tunnel caused serious damage and mold concerns. Now, the city is repairing the damage to the tunnel walls.

Gerena School custodian Kevin Baker told 22News that he has been very impressed with the current condition.

“Oh, it improved over the past year and a half. Improving, a lot better compared to when I first came here. We had the mayor and a lot of city councilors here last year,” Baker said.

Baker predicted an even more drastic improvement to the tunnel walls by the time students return in the fall.

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