Phase 2 of the Meridian Split Corridor project to begin next month
The second phase of the Meridian Split Corridor and the City of Meridian Public Works Sewer and Water projects are scheduled to begin construction in late October 2012.
Recently, the project was put out to bid -- and work to remove the necessary trees for the project began. In addition, Idaho Power will soon begin work to relocate its power poles along Meridian Road and Fairview Avenue to their new location, behind the future sidewalk.
Officials say the closure of Meridian Road between the railroad tracks and just south of the Meridian/Cherry intersection is expected to begin in early November.
Because the construction contract is incentive-based to ensure quick completion, the contractor will determine the construction phasing.
Project spokesmen say more details regarding phasing will be known once the contract has
been awarded by the ACHD Commission in mid-September. Typically, underground utility upgrades will lead a road project. It is likely the city sewer and water upgrades will begin before road widening work gets underway.
During construction, Meridian Road will be closed between the railroad tracks at the south end of the project, to just south of the Meridian/Cherry intersection. Businesses closest to Meridian/Franklin and Meridian/Cherry intersections will continue to be accessed via Meridian Road.
Businesses located within the closed section of Meridian Road will utilize alternate accesses that have been established off of Main Street. Prior to construction, directional signs will be placed in the area to help navigate drivers to businesses.
Most water shutoffs will be intermittent and last no more than 30 minutes, city officials tell us. They say, occasionally, water may need to be shut off for a longer period of time. Impacted residents and businesses will be notified of any shutoffs longer than 30 minutes. Shutoffs should not last for more than four hours.
Crews will be allowed to work weekdays and weekends. In addition, night work will be permitted, however the contractor will be required to notify ACHD in advance of planned night work so that residents and businesses in the area can be informed.
Impacted businesses and residents are invited to attend weekly construction meetings with the contractor during the project. In addition,regular town hall meetings will be held to keep residents and businesses informed of the project progress and upcoming construction
To view a map of the alternate accesses, you’re urged to visit the project web page, www.meridiansplitcorridor.org. Project information and updates will also regularly be posted to the project web page.
(photo: courtesy ACHD)