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Weather permitting, beginning August 17, 2019, INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center will begin construction on its roof, resulting in the closure of Monroe St. from the corner of Owen K. Garriott to the INTEGRIS Medical Plaza.

Monroe Street to be Closed During INTEGRIS Bass Construction

Weather permitting, beginning August 17, 2019, INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center will begin construction on its roof, resulting in the closure of Monroe St. from the corner of Owen K. Garriott to the INTEGRIS Medical Plaza.  Traffic barriers will be installed late-evening of August 16, 2019, and the expected timeframe for the construction is eight 12 weeks.

“We recognize that Monroe is a primary access point to Enid High School, as well as the hospital, and we are taking all measures possible to keep traffic disruption at a minimum without jeopardizing the safety of our patients, caregivers, visitors and contract workers,” said Finny Mathew, president of INTEGRIS Bass. 

“The timing of this project is unfortunate,” he said.  “We would have preferred to do this over the summer and not impact Enid High. However, one of our routine inspections late-summer revealed an issue that needed to be corrected in the near term.”

While there are no safety or quality issues for patients, visitors or caregivers, it was not prudent to delay the repairs, Mathew said. 

According to Chris Gdanski, City of Enid Director of Engineering, INTEGRIS has filed for the necessary Right of Way permits and the city has approved the closure of the section of Monroe between Garriott and the INTEGRIS Medical Plaza.  

The reason for the closure along Monroe, is that the construction company needs to be able to provide supplies to the roof and remove debris during the demolition phase. Monroe provides the safest and most accessible point to accomplish that. 

There will also be no parking along either side of Monroe between Owen K. and the INTEGRIS Medical Plaza. The entrance closest to the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute on Monroe St. will be closed during construction as well, and the INTEGRIS helipad will temporarily be relocated to the southwest corner of the hospital parking lot. 

During the construction, the community will need to use alternative access points to get to Enid High and INTEGRIS Bass, as well as the businesses across from the hospital on Monroe.  Access to the adjacent businesses will be maintained.  It is recommended that Madison St. off of Owen K. Garriott, and Wabash St. off of Van Buren be used. 

“Patient care will not be interrupted in any way during the roof construction,” Mathew said, “and all hospital services will remain open.”