This will be the last week that most motorists will be able to travel Bass Road between Flaugh Road and Kroemer Road until December 1.

The Allen County Highway Department today announced that section of road will be closed to through traffic beginning April 3 as work on the first phase of the Bass Road improvement project ramps up.

A marked detour route will be established utilizing Hadley Road, Illinois Road and Thomas Road to get around the closure. Local traffic will be allowed in the construction area and access to Buckner Park will also be maintained during construction. (Click here to see a map of the detour route)

The Highway Department said the closure will allow crews to widen the bridge over Interstate 69, construct a new bridge just east of I-69 over the Flaugh Drain, and carry out new road construction. Some initial work has already been occurring under traffic, including the clearing of right of way, utility relocation and installation of a storm sewer.

Primco, Inc. was awarded a $7.6 million contract to construct the initial phase along Bass Road from Hadley Road to Clifty Parkway. Federal funding is covering 80% of the project costs.