Tunnel under CSX tracks near Powell’s Adventure Park among projects planned for 2022

The pedestrian and bicycle tunnel under the CSX tracks near Adventure Park, shown on February 17, is expected to be permanently repaired this year.

Five years after it was closed due to crumbling concrete and then re-opened with temporary scaffolding, Powell’s Adventure Park tunnel should be repaired properly.

The project is in the process of being tendered, City Manager Andrew White said, as city officials seek to take action on long-delayed infrastructure maintenance and repairs in 2022.

Utilities director Buddy Caplinger said bids were due March 11 and he expects to present the project to council soon after.

The city’s infrastructure needs are being addressed on two specific fronts – the 2022 Street Maintenance Program and a five-year capital improvement plan.

The Adventure Park Tunnel is a pedestrian/bicycle route under the CSX train tracks northwest of Adventure Park. It allows access to the park from the west of the tracks and a path to Sawmill Parkway from the east of the tracks.