SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A portion of Tiffany Street remains closed after a water main break forced crews to dig up part of the road Wednesday.
Until it’s fixed, many parents have to find a new way to get their kids to school.
Most families knew a stretch of Tiffany Street would be closed when they left for school Thursday morning.
They just didn’t realize how long that stretch would be.
“It was easy access because they still had it open, but today, we’re forced to walk to school. So, I have to park here, walk them to school and then be about my day. [Is this faster than driving the detour?] It is,” says Veronica Ramos of Springfield.
Sandy Gabbidon of Springfield adds, “I’m dropping my granddaughter off at school today and as we came down we noticed that the street is blocked off at Breman and Sharmut, so we started to walk.”
The walk from the construction site to the school isn’t very far, probably only a half mile.
Still, the school was prepared. They had teachers lined up along Tiffany Street for any kids who had to make the trek without their parents.
“As we got to the school, there are teachers out there waiting for the kids. They are aware that the children are walking today, so they are waiting for them.”
The district says parents were prepared and there weren’t many traffic tie-ups or tardies to start the school day.
Plus, parents say it gives their kids a chance to get some exercise.
“It’s still a nice little cold brisk day and the kids will enjoy it.”
If you need to get to Beal Elementary by car, you can still use Dwight Road to get to Tiffany Street.
The DPW says the preliminary work on Tiffany Street should be completed by mid-day Friday, opening the road to traffic in both directions.
The Springfield Water Sewer Commission will return to the area over the next two to three weeks for additional repairs.