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Friday, June 29, 2012
Many new road projects to begin after holiday — one project will bring nighttime construction

Multiple road projects and maintenance work will get underway this month and will continue throughout the summer. A project to resurface Meridian’s Main Street between Franklin Road and Fairview Avenue is set to begin in mid-July and will be done during nighttime hours to reduce impacts to an area that sees heavy daytime traffic.

With many other road projects already in progress in the Valley, motorists should expect delays and plan ahead by building more time into their commute.

Chipsealing
Early July through September

Beginning July 9th, Ada County Highway District (ACHD) crews will begin their annual chipseal maintenance on 85 miles of roadway – both on heavily-traveled roads and residential streets. Two crews will work simultaneously on areas roughly between Victory Road and the Boise River in Boise and Garden City and between Five Mile and approximately Orchard Street. However, not all streets within these areas will be chipsealed. A map of the streets planned to receive a chipseal is available at www.achdidaho.org.

Chipsealing helps combat the deterioration of roads caused by sun and weather and involves a multi-step process that helps seal the road surface, providing an armor coat for skid and weather resistance. To reduce impacts on busy roads during the weekdays, some chipseal work will occur on weekends. While motorists are allowed to drive on freshly chipesealed roads, caution should be used to reduce the chance of rocks flying or the seal transferring onto vehicles.

Crews will also apply a fog seal to 130 miles of roads within this year’s chipseal zone. The fogseal treatment provides a microseal to small pavement cracks and provides a short-term wear surface to the roadway.

Linder Road, State Highway 44 to Chinden Boulevard
Early July through mid-August
Estimated construction cost: $765,000

A maintenance project to resurface a deteriorating Linder Road between State Highway 44 and Chinden Boulevard will also begin around July 9th.  The project will remove and replace the asphalt and will resurface four bridges along Linder. The project will also increase safety with minor widening of the roadway shoulders and the addition of a left turn lane at Linder Road and Hatchery Road.

Maple Grove Road and Franklin Road Intersection
Early July through late October
Estimated construction cost: $995,000

The intersection project will widen the intersection to include two through lanes and two left turn lanes in each direction, reducing delay for motorists. The project will also add bike lanes on Maple Grove. During construction, one lane of traffic will be open in each direction however drivers turning right will share a lane with those moving straight through the intersection. Motorists should expect delays throughout the project.

Main Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project – Franklin Road to Fairview Avenue
Mid-July through late August
Estimated construction cost: $1.4 million

A project to resurface Main Street in Meridian between Franklin Road and Fairview Avenue is anticipated to get underway in mid-July. The seven week project will be done during night hours, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce impacts to an area that experiences heavy traffic during daytime hours. The pavement project will remove and replace the asphalt, which is worn and deteriorated. Main Street will serve as a detour route during construction of the Meridian Split Corridor project, which will start construction this fall.

The project also includes the upgrade of more than 60 sidewalk pedestrian ramps to bring them to American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards – sidewalk work will occur during the day.

Planning your commute

There are several resources available on ACHD’s web site, www.achdidaho.org, to help motorists plan ahead before leaving work or home:

  • Traffic cameras: ACHD maintains 84 traffic cameras that feature still images updated every two minutes along major routes.
  • Maps and a list of ACHD and non-ACHD-related projects are updated daily.
  • Current and future-planned work: Maps illustrate where projects are being built this year and are anticipated in the years ahead.

Maps and traffic cameras can be viewed at http://www.achdidaho.org/Departments/PR/2012Construction.aspx.

To learn more about the projects getting underway this month, visit www.achdidaho.org.

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