Long awaited overpass will streamline travel in Stevens Point

By John DesRivieres, WSAW News 

STEVENS POINT, WIS. (WSAW) Drivers on Hoover Avenue in Stevens Point will no longer have to contend with the train crossing just south of the Stevens Point Country Club.

A dedication ceremony for the Hoover Avenue overpass is planned for Monday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. It will open to traffic officially on Thursday, Oct. 19.

In the works for more than a decade, the overpass will allow drivers to travel over the train tracks with no impediment.

"Hundreds of employees and residents will no longer have to wonder if a train is blocking their way" said Mayor Mike Wiza in a press release. "Emergency services will have better response times to those that had previously been affected by the trains crossing Hoover," added Wiza.

The pubilc is invited to the dedication ceremony Monday.

Former Congressman Dave Obey helped secure federal funding for the project and is expected to attend the event. State Senator Patrick Testin, Representative Katrina Shankland and former Mayors Gary Wescott and Andrew Halverson will also be in attendance.

Public parking will be available in the Herrschner's lot and the north Delta Dental lot.