Meridian wants overpass to alleviate traffic congestion

Posted at 6:16 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 12:49:46-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Official in Meridian say an I-84 overpass at Linder Road west of Meridian would not only alleviate traffic congestion on nearby roads, but would also spur development in the area.

That's why Meridian is now looking at helping to fund the project with city money. Meridian leaders met with the Ada County Highway District Thursday to help push the project forward.

"Ada County Highway District is on board and interested in furthering the conversation and taking it to that next step of having the discussion with the Idaho Transportation Department," says Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

The project to build the overpass and widen Linder Road would cost about $12 million. No decision has been made yet about how much Meridian would pay.

Experts say the project could be another seven years down the road. That's why Meridian officials are looking at using local funds to help get it done earlier.