Edinburg announces road closures ahead of trooper’s procession

Local law enforcement agencies are urging the public to remain patient and plan accordingly as they announced the road closures for Trooper Moises Sanchez’ funeral procession.

At a news conference on Thursday morning at the Edinburg Police Department, EPD Investigator and Public Information Officer Sarah Rodriguez informed the media that the roads leading from Legacy Chapels to the Bert Ogden Arena would be closed off for at least an hour.

“We are advising the citizens of Edinburg and visitors that there will be complete road closures as we help escort State Trooper Moises Sanchez from the Legacy funeral home, which is located on 4610 South Jackson Road to the Bert Ogden Arena,” said Rodriguez. “The escort will commence at 11:15 a.m. and will run about an hour long, and will end at about 12:15 p.m.”

The funeral procession will begin at the Legacy Chapels, and continue northbound to Trenton Road. From Trenton Road the procession will continue eastbound to Interstate 69C, and continue southbound on the frontage road to Owassa Road. From there, it will head eastbound to Raul Longoria Road, and then back up  towards Alberta Road, where it will end at the Bert Ogden Arena.

All intersections along the route will be completely closed at that time.

The funeral service will be held at Bert Ogden Arena from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., after which the funeral procession will continue to the Rio Grande Valley Veterans Cemetery in Mission. Trooper Sanchez’ interment will be for his family only.

Interstate 69C will again be closed southbound from the Trenton Road Exit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The funeral procession will continue southbound through Pharr and head westbound on Expressway 83. The procession will go through Mcallen and onward to the burial site in Mission.

“Again, we ask the public to please be patient, drive safely, and again plan accordingly for this event,” said Rodriguez

The EPD anticipate at least 100 to 150 DPS Troopers, as well the neighboring police departments participating in the funeral procession.

“That why we’re sectioning off two hours,” explained Rodriguez. “It might be a little bit long.”

Sanchez died on Aug. 24 following complications from surgery stemming from gunshot wounds he sustained in April. He was 49.

Public visitation will be  on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Legacy Chapels.

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