CARPENDALE – As the Carpendale Knobley Tunnel remains closed, elected officials are getting anxious.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – As the Carpendale Knobley Tunnel remains closed, elected officials are getting anxious.
When the tunnel was closed in April due to concerns for falling ceiling timbers, the council began the waiting process for the inspection and report and in recent months has been waiting on recommendations from the Region VIII Planning and Development Council.
“If Region VIII hasn’t done anything, the town is going to get started down there,” said mayor Casey Lambert, noting that the council has some ideas on steps they would like to take.
The tunnel, which was completed as part of the Rails to Trails program, needs work in a 50-70 foot section and while it’s marked as “do not enter,” walkers and bike riders are entering at their own risk.
There have been concerns with the signage being removed, and the over 600 visitors who were in town for Tunnel Day could only glimpse inside.
In its second year, Tunnel Day was expanded to include a cruise in, which drew 51 classic cars to the ballfield, along with over 30 vendors and food trucks.
“It was a great community town event,” said Vickie Hamilton as she reported that $500 was raised for a local resident and participants are already asking for a date for next year.
“It brings the town together and that’s a good thing,” said Lambert.
Upcoming community events in the planning are the October Fall Fest and Christmas caroling in December.