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Hernando tunnel reopens for cyclists, pedestrians

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It is one of the only roads that you can travel to get to the other side of the city. It is one of the only roads that you can travel to get to the other side of the city.
Mayor Chip Johnson said it used to be an issue. Mayor Chip Johnson said it used to be an issue.
HERNANDO, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A tunnel that bridges two sides of one Mid-South town reopened – but it is not for cars.

Interstate 55 separates east and west Hernando and there are not many safe places for cyclists and pedestrians to cross. That is all changed now thanks to the restored tunnel for the biking and walking community.

It is one of the only roads that you can travel to get to the other side of the city.

"It will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck," said cyclist Jerry Pitts.

Mayor Chip Johnson said it used to be an issue.

"If you'll notice down Commerce Street there's literally cow paths where people have rutted out walking through there, and it's not the safest way to get under the interstate, but it's the only way," said Johnson.

Last year the tunnel was closed off for repairs and cars. Now it is open for pedestrians and cyclists.

An elementary school is on one side of the tunnel, and a high school sits on the other.

The children can walk to school.

Hernando continues to strive to be as biker and pedestrian friendly as possible, which is good news for people like Pitts.

"It was always a little scary because when you would enter on one side of the tunnel you were always afraid you would see headlights on the other before you made it out the other side,"said Pitts.

The city would like to light the tunnel, but hopes to get some assistance through the community or grants.

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