Roof work at Integris to close Monroe for 8-12 weeks

Monroe will be closed between Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Integris Medical Plaza beginning Aug. 16 due to roof replacement for the hospital. The construction is expected to take 8-12 weeks. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — A planned roof replacement at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center will close a portion of South Monroe for as long as 12 weeks, the hospital announced this week.

Weather permitting, Integris plans to begin work Aug. 17, with road closures to go into effect late in the evening of Aug. 16. Monroe is planned to be closed from the corner of Garriott south to the Integris Medical Plaza.

Tania Warnock, marketing project lead for Integris Bass, said the project will replace sections of the roof over the hospital's third and fourth floors, totaling 53,000 square feet of roof replacement. She said the anticipated project cost, according to the building permit, is $600,000, and the project is scheduled to last for 8-12 weeks.

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

“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 Integris Bass President Finny Mathew.

“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.

There also will be no parking along either side of Monroe between Garriott and the Integris Medical Plaza. The entrance closest to the Integris Cancer Institute on Monroe will be closed during construction, and the hospital's helipad will be relocated temporarily 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," according to the press release. "Access to the adjacent businesses will be maintained."

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

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