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Council inspects bridge tunnel

County court bailiff agrees to undertake cleaning

CHESAPEAKE — An inspection of the tunnel under the Robert C. Byrd Bridge in Chesapeake was held Monday, following a village council meeting.

Council member Paul Hart said council members found human feces and beer bottles in the tunnel, which had originally been set to close.

Council members voted in December to close the tunnel and install locked garage doors on each end, but several members of the community spoke out against the closure at February’s meeting, citing the short cut the tunnel provided to pedestrians.

The council voted to re-open the tunnel at the February meeting, and no action was taken at Monday’s meeting.

Hart said a bailiff from Lawrence Municipal Court has agreed to handle the cleaning of the tunnel, which should take place weekly.