Meridian – A project to widen Eagle Road between Victory Road and the Ridenbaugh Canal has finished on time. Traffic control barrels and signs will be removed from the project area and all lanes of traffic will be opened in time for the evening rush hour.
Construction began last May and widened Eagle Road to five lanes between Victory and the Ridenbaugh Canal, just north of the Meridian Fire Station. The project also widened the Eagle Road and Victory Road intersection and constructed a traffic signal at the intersection, which was previously controlled by a four-way stop. In addition, a traffic signal was built at Eagle Road and Easy Jet Drive. Turn lanes, new sidewalk and bike lanes were also added within the project area.
The new road and improved intersections will accommodate future traffic volumes and increase safety. Currently, Eagle Road carries approximately 14,000 vehicles between Victory Road and Overland in a given day.
Project remained on track
During construction, a temporary bridge was built over the Ridenbaugh Canal so that the road could remain open while a new, wider bridge was constructed. When canal waters swelled and threatened to flood the banks in January, a portion of the temporary bridge had to be removed. Despite the challenge, the project stayed on schedule and was completed on time.
Construction costs on the roadway project totaled $2.6 million. Eagle Road south of Overland Road is under the jurisdiction of ACHD. Eagle Road, north of Overland (State Highway 55), is under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).