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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Weekend Closure on West Approach of Meridian/Cherry Intersection to Begin Friday Night

Meridian- A weekend closure of the west approach of the Meridian Road and Cherry Lane intersection will go into effect on Friday (November 30) at approximately 7 p.m. when crews will cross the intersection with new sanitary sewer line being upgraded in conjunction with the Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 project.

The sewer line crosses Cherry Lane and is located deep beneath the roadway, making a closure necessary. Closing the western portion of the intersection will allow crews to work faster and in safer conditions. The intersection will be re-opened to traffic before the morning commute on Monday (December 3).

Because the closure is limited to the west intersection approach, vehicles will still be able to access businesses and driveways near the intersection; however, they will not be able to pass through the west approach. (Click here to view a map.) East and westbound drivers will need to use Ustick, Pine or Franklin as their route, while motorists heading southbound on Meridian Road toward the intersection will be able to turn east onto Cherry Lane/Fairview Avenue.

During the weekend closure businesses located just south of the Meridian/Cherry intersection can still be accessed from Meridian Road.

Meridian Road is currently closed from just south of the Meridian/Cherry intersection to Pine Avenue in conjunction with the project.

On Monday, December 3, crews will begin work near the railroad tracks, located just south of city hall. This step in the project requires that Meridian Road be closed at the railroad tracks for one month. Pine Avenue will remain open. (Click here to view a map.)Businesses south of Pine can still be accessed via Meridian Road to the railroad tracks, while businesses located south of the railroad tracks can be accessed from Franklin Road, Bower or King streets, which connect Main and Meridian.
During the one-month closure, crews will bore under the railroad tracks to install sanitary sewer and water lines.

About the Project
The Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 project and the Meridian Sewer and Water project began in late October and are anticipated to last approximately one year.

The projects will:

  • Widen Meridian Road to five lanes between the railroad tracks 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.

For more information on the project, including maps on how to access businesses within the closed segment of Meridian Road, visit www.meridiansplitcorridor.org.

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