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Tunnel Hill Trail reopens

March 18, 2009 at 04:34 PM

VIENNA, IL – All sections of the Tunnel Hill State Trail in southern Illinois have reopened to visitors following cleanup of much of the damage done as a result of the ice storm that struck the region last January 26-27.

Severe damage was done to trees along the trail from just north of Bloomfield for approximately 17 miles to the south end of the trail at the Cache River Wetlands Center, posing a hazard to trail users.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff and contractors have substantially completed the clean up along the portion of Tunnel Hill trail from the Sunburn Road crossing south to the Cache River Wetlands Center and it is now open to public use.

During the next few weeks, visitors may find short sections of the trail closed on a daily basis to facilitate the final stages of ice storm clean up.

Visitors can obtain updated site information by calling the trail headquarters at 618/658-2168 or by visiting the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us.

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