Meridian – Eagle Road from Overland Road to Victory Road is expected to reopen to traffic the afternoon of Friday, January 21 with one lane running in each direction. Traffic will drive on the western portion of the new bridge over the Ridenbaugh Canal, which is nearly complete. Crews must first construct a temporary road surface on both sides of the bridge section before it can be opened to traffic. This will occur over the next few days. Until then, traffic will remain detoured onto nearby roads. Businesses on Eagle Road are accessible up to the canal.
As part of the road and bridge widening project in progress on Eagle Road between Victory Road and the Ridenbaugh Canal, a temporary bridge was in place while the permanent bridge was under construction. To avoid flooding, yesterday (January 17), crews removed the temporary bridge to allow water to flow freely through the canal. The temporary bridge included a series of pipes running through it to accommodate volumes of water runoff typical for this time of season; however the volume of water entering the canal yesterday was unusually high due to recent rainfall and snow melt.
Once the western portion of the bridge is opened to traffic on Friday, crews will finish the east side of the bridge. Construction of the Ridenbaugh Canal Bridge portion of this project is expected to be complete in March.
Completion of the entire project on Eagle Road from Victory Road to the canal is still expected in May. Once complete, Eagle Road from Victory Road to the Ridenbaugh Canal will be five-lanes wide with two lanes of traffic in each direction and turn lanes. The project also includes sidewalk, bike lanes and traffic signals at the intersections of Eagle/Victory and Eagle/Easy Jet. Construction began in May 2010.
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