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Friday, October 26, 2012
Meridian Split Corridor Road Construction to Begin Monday; Groundbreaking Planned

Meridian – The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) in conjunction with the City of Meridian and the Meridian Development Corporation (MDC) will break ground on the complex road widening and sewer and water project on Monday, October 29. Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, ACHD Commission President Rebecca Arnold and MDC Board Chair Julie Pipal will speak at a groundbreaking event planned for Monday at 10 a.m. on the southwest corner of the Meridian Road and Cherry Lane intersection.

What: Project Groundbreaking

When: Monday, October 29 at 10 a.m.

Where: Dirt lot on southwest corner of Meridian and Cherry intersection, Meridian
Parking is available on-street along NW 1st Street, just west of Meridian Road.

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. The $8 million project includes an early completion incentive up to $350,000 for the general contractor, Central Paving Company.

"This project will fulfill Meridian’s vision for a vibrant, walkable Downtown, while at the same time move traffic quickly and safely through the city," said Rebecca Arnold, ACHD president. "Although this is a huge job, we’re hopeful it will be done efficiently and quickly.

"Honestly, we want to pay Central every penny of the incentive money because that means this will be done three months early."

Construction will begin north of the Meridian and Cherry intersection with sewer work, which will drive the project. Meridian Road from Pine Avenue to just south of the Meridian/Cherry intersection will close in early November when crews will begin preparing the area for sewer and water work and the eventual road widening.

Pine Avenue will remain open during most of construction, with the exception of weekend closures and possible night work. During construction, Main Street will serve as the primary detour route. Other north-south detour routes include Linder Road or Locust Grove Road.

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, which will send through traffic toward Meridian Road and away from Downtown
  • 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.

Accessing Meridian Road Businesses During Construction

For more than a year, ACHD has been working closely with the businesses within the closed segment of Meridian Road. Alternate accesses to businesses and residences have been established, and in some cases, specifically constructed off of Main Street and other side streets. Custom maps have been created for Meridian Road businesses to help direct customers during construction. Individual business maps and an access map for the Meridian corridor are available at www.meridiansplitcorridor.org.

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.

For more information on the project, including how to access Meridian Road businesses during construction and anticipated construction timeframes, visit www.meridiansplitcorridor.org, or www.achdidaho.org/projects.

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