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Friday, October 12, 2012
Meridian Split Corridor Road Construction Set to Begin October 29; Public Invited to Learn About Construction Plans at Upcoming Meeting

Meridian- The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) in conjunction with the City of Meridian will break ground on a complex road widening and sewer and water project starting Monday, October 29. During the one-year-long construction project, Meridian Road will be closed between the railroad tracks to just south of the Meridian Road and Cherry Lane intersection.

On October 17, businesses and residents are invited to attend a meeting to learn how the multistep project will be built. The meeting will address construction phasing, anticipated impacts, including short-term intersection closures, accessing businesses and residences within the closed section of Meridian Road, and ways to stay informed during the project. Following a brief presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of ACHD and Meridian City staff and the general contractor.

What: Construction Information Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 17
Businesses are invited to attend from 5-6 p.m.
General public is invited to attend from 6-7 p.m.

Where: Meridian City Hall | 33. E. Broadway Avenue, Meridian
The same presentation will be given at both meetings.

Project Description

The Meridian Split Corridor, Phase 2 project and the City of Meridian Public Works project will:

Widen Meridian Road to five lanes between Franklin Road and Cherry Lane to include two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane

  • Construct a cross-over roadway, connecting Main Street and Meridian Road, just south of the railroad tracks
  • Add 7-foot-wide sidewalks on Meridian Road
  • Rebuild the Main/Fairview and Meridian/Cherry intersections
  • Upgrade Meridian sewer and water services to increase capacity and enhance services
  • The project also includes extensive work by utility companies including Idaho Power, Century Link and Intermountain Gas.

About the Meridian Split Corridor Project

The Meridian Split Corridor project is the number one priority of the City of Meridian from its Downtown Meridian Transportation Management Plan which envisions Downtown Meridian to be a pedestrian friendly destination. In the early 2000s, the city conducted extensive research and gathered community input to develop its plan. According to the plan "Circulation and parking systems will encourage people to come ‘to’ Downtown, while facilitating ‘through’ traffic around Downtown."

Phase one of the project was completed in August 2009 and created a one-way couplet on Main Street and Meridian Road between Interstate 84 and Franklin Road.

A project groundbreaking is planned for October 29, when construction will get underway on phase two. Additional details will follow.

Information presented at the October 17 public meeting will be posted to the project web site, www.meridiansplitcorridor.org, and to www.achdidaho.org/projects  where project information and resources such as business access maps and short project videos are available.

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