Big changes coming to Meridian Road
Jennifer Auh has the latest on the Meridian Split Corridor project. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) and City of Meridian held a public meeting on Wednesday about construction plans for the Meridian Split Corridor project, which will start on October 29th.
City leaders said they hope to make Meridian, a growing hot spot. "We wanted it to be a go-to destination. When you have traffic going through the middle of it, it’s hard to accomplish that goal," said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.
Transportation leaders said the project will cost the city $8 million for construction alone.
ACHD workers will make a split corridor, from Main Street to Meridian Road. The construction on Meridian Road will also benefit pedestrians with a larger crosswalk, and crews will widen the road to five lanes for smoother traffic.
Starting October 29th, crews will completely shut down Meridian Road, from Franklin to Cherry Lane, so drivers will need to take detours.
Transportation leaders suggest drivers take Main Street, Linder or Locus Grove instead.
ACHD Spokeswoman Christine Myron said there are maps available for nearby businesses, showing all the access roads to make it easier for customers to find their stores.
Crews will also work on major upgrades to water and sewer lines. ACHD workers said most water shutoffs will last no more than 30 minutes. Resident and business impacted will be notified at least a day before hand.
To stay informed about the construction process, go to meridiansplitcorridor.org. There will also be monthly town hall meetings to inform the public about the construction progress.
The first town hall meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 19th at 6 p.m., inside Meridian City Hall.