Lebanon Tunnel Grand Opening Event on July 8th
Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that work on the Downtown Lebanon Tunnel Project is nearly complete and a grand opening event will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
This event will include live radio by “The River”, public art voting, sidewalk chalk, a scavenger hunt, and a bike rodeo that includes: bike checks by Omer & Bob’s, helmets giveaway, bike registrations, a bike safety obstacle course, and e-bike loan signups.
Pre-registration is not required for this event. Masks will not be required but are recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated.
Schedule of Events
- 4:00pm: Mascoma River Greenway Bike Ride
- 5:00pm: Hear Here the Engineer
- 5:15pm: Mayor Remarks
- 5:20pm Ribbon Cutting
- 6:00pm Group Dog Walk
- 7:00pm: Front Porch Concert by Cold Chocolate
Prepared food will be available at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
We look forward to celebrating this exciting, new addition with you! If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact the Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department.
Are you wondering where the Downtown Tunnel is located? Please review the following aerial photo to see where the tunnel is located in relation to Colburn Park and the Lebanon Mall. The blue line indicates where the tunnel will run below the Lebanon Mall parking area and Hanover Street. To learn more about the Tunnel Project, please visit LebanonNH.gov/Tunnel.
Why was it closed, and for how long?
The tunnel was never really open to the public. It originally existed as a train tunnel, back in the 60’s. It didn’t see much train activity, but tracks were still there and it was in no condition to support pedestrian or bicycle traffic. Part of the Mascoma River Greenway Action Plan was to convert the tunnel into a bike/ped passage when the MRG was built (2017). However, it was determined at that time that the structure needed to be drastically renovated. July 8th Grand Opening will be the culmination of that 3+ year process to renovate the tunnel for public use.