By Brandi Makusi
Motorists who frequent Patch St./Industrial Park Rd. and Hoover Rd. will need to start taking another route beginning Aug. 7.
The intersection of Hoover and Industrial Park roads closed Monday morning; a sign of the final phase in the grade separate project.
Hoover Rd. closed to traffic in March for the project, commonly known simply as “the overpass”. The grade separation project has been bouncing around city offices for more than a decade, but became an official focus for city government in April 2014, when former Mayor Andrew Halverson announced that money earmarked for the Bus. 51 remodel would be rerouted to fund the new overpass.
The project was green-lit by the City Council as a solution for long delays at the heavily-used Canadian National Railroad crossing, which frequently causes long lines for motorists, and often forces emergency vehicles to use alternate routes.
The intersection will be close through mid-October, weather permitting, and is expected to open to traffic in November.
Detour signs will be posted.