Hermitage Drive Scheduled To Be Done By Summer

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - For many Florence residents, driving on Hermitage Drive can be a headache.

The road has been blocked off since November 2013.

The detour can create a driving distraction for residents who have kids attending Florence Middle School or kids attending football practice at Braly Stadium.

"It makes the traffic rough. You have to take a detour around the city, you know, when you can go to work straight through the road. It's just an eye sore," said Florence resident Robert Casey.

The state started the reconstruction on the road because the overpass at Hermitage Drive became a safety concern.

"When it got to be that big of a problem, where you were afraid of traffic and school buses crossing it.  It became time to replace it,” said Phil Stevenson, media director of the city of Florence.

Stevenson says the project was delayed due to the unique weather pattern this winter.

The project is expected to cost the state about a half of a million dollars, and is scheduled to be complete by the summer.