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New Tunnel Creates Safe Crossing for Pedestrians at Clearview Regional

(Harrison Twp., NJ) – A ribbon cutting celebrated the new tunnel constructed under Breakneck Road for pedestrian traffic at Clearview Regional Middle and High School today.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholders Heather Simmons and Lyman Barnes joined Harrison Mayor Louis Manzo, Mantua Mayor Pete Scirrotto, Clearview Regional High School District Superintendent John Horchak and NJDOT officials were on hand to officially open the cooperative project to make the area safer for students and visitors.
 
Senate President Steve Sweeney said, “This project illustrates what government can do when we work together.  I was proud to be an advocate for the state funding to construct this tunnel and I am proud of how everyone worked for the good of the students.”

Senate President Sweeney helped obtain the $498,337 it cost to construct the Clearview tunnel from NJDOT funding.

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “Crossing Breakneck Road to get to the sports fields from Clearview Regional’s main campus will now be a safe passage, where before it was extremely dangerous.”

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to Public Works said, “Breakneck Road earns its name and although there are clear signs for speed and crossings this has been a dangerous situations for the students.  The completion of this project marks the end of nearly 20 years of discussion of getting students safely from one side of the campus to the athletic fields.”

Mayor Louis Manzo said, “This tunnel is a major safety improvement and we are grateful to the County Freeholders and Senate President Sweeney for going to bat to get the funding for from the state to complete this project and for the professional assistance from the Office of the County Engineer and all involved.”

Students grade 7 -12 from Harrison and Mantua Townships attend Clearview Regional Middle and High School.