Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Meridian – Construction to replace a four-way stop with a roundabout at the Eagle Road and Amity Road intersection is underway. To date, construction has occurred outside of the roadway with shoulder work, utility and irrigation improvements.
Construction on roundabout at Eagle and Amity intersection underway; three-week closure to start August 19
A complete closure of the Eagle and Amity intersection will go into effect at 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 19 and will allow the contractor to begin building the roundabout. The closure will be in place through September 16. Motorists on Eagle Road will be detoured to Cloverdale or Locust Grove roads; Amity Road motorists will be detoured to Victory or Lake Hazel roads.
The one-lane roundabout is being constructed at the Eagle and Amity intersection with the possibility for expansion to two lanes in the future. Currently, 1,100 vehicles pass through the intersection during the busiest hour of the day. The roundabout is anticipated to operate effectively until traffic volumes double. Growth in the area will drive a future expansion to two lanes.
Roundabouts keep traffic moving efficiently and increase safety. They reduce the number of accidents by more than 48 percent compared to signalized intersections, primarily by lowering the potential points of conflict.
Other impacts during construction may include traffic delays, lane restrictions and additional short-term closures.
The $700,000 roundabout project is anticipated to take four months to construct with completion in November. The project is being built by Nampa Paving.
For information on the project, including the intersection design and information on how to use a roundabout, visit www.achdidaho.org. Weekly construction updates for this project and other ACHD projects are also available online – select Road Work in the Area (RITA).