Trips down Hiram Hill became a little easier Thursday, December 1, as the long awaited extension of Hinsdale Street was opened with a ribbon cutting by Hiram President Thomas V. Chema and Hiram Village Mayor Louis Bertrand.
“This is more than just the extension of a street by about 300 feet,” Chema said. “It is symbolic of the cooperation between our College and the village that is necessary for both to prosper.”
The $354,000 project, funded in part from federal stimulus funds secured by the College, connects State Rt. 700 with the south end of Winrock Road, enabling through vehicular traffic to access the lower campus, including the Dining Hall, East Hall, and the residential townhouses. The access will also make it easier for fire, police and other emergency and other vehicles to get to the facilities and playing fields at the base of the hill. Paved pedestrian walks line either side of the road, replacing the gravel track that students have used for years to get down the hill.
“This is an important improvement for the village,” Mayor Bertrand said. “The future of the Village and all its citizens depends on the cooperation with the College, and this improvement will is a step bringing development in the future.”
More photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony are available on Flickr.