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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Meridian Split Corridor project complete; road open to traffic

Meridian— After eleven months of construction to widen Meridian Road to five-lanes between Franklin Road and Cherry Lane, and make significant upgrades to Meridian City’s sewer and water services, Meridian motorists, pedestrians and residents have a roadway, sidewalks and utilities that will serve them for decades to come.

This morning (Sept. 19), the final piece of the Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 project was put into service – the cross-over roadway which links Main Street to Meridian Road and will send motorists wishing to get through downtown to their destination, down the widened Meridian Road. ACHD and City of Meridian officials, along with the Meridian Development Corporation, Meridian business owners and residents, celebrated the opening of the final piece of the project, which finished one month ahead of schedule.

"We are so excited the Meridian Split Corridor Project is open and that it was completed ahead of schedule. We know this last year has been difficult for our community - but even more so for our downtown businesses and residents. We appreciate all of their patience and support during construction. We are excited for them to reap the benefits this new project will bring to Meridian," said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

The road project helps to fulfill the city’s vision of serving "to" and "through" drivers in downtown Meridian. The road project makes Meridian Road the thoroughfare, while Main Street will have lighter traffic, used by those whose destination is downtown. The project also increases safety for pedestrians with the addition of sidewalks and two signalized pedestrian crossings.

"This new road network will increase mobility and safety – adding sidewalk all along Meridian Road. Concrete intersections at Meridian and Cherry and Main and Fairview will serve the traffic needs for several decades – and require next-to-no maintenance," said ACHD Commission President Sara Baker.

The Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 project began on October 28, 2012. While the roadway is fully open, Central Paving Company will complete some finishing work over the next month that will have minimal impacts to traffic.

"This successful project came about because of an exceptional partnership involving the district, the city, Central Paving, and most of all, the people of Meridian," said ACHD Commissioner Rebecca Arnold, who represents the project area.

For more information on the Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 project, visit www.meridiansplitcorridor.org or www.achdidaho.org.

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