A section of Eagle Road - between Fairview and Pine Avenues in Meridian - was closed for the busiest travel times Tuesday, as crews worked to repair a 20-foot section of water main that split Monday night around 10:30 p.m.
“Access to area business remains open. Detours are in place at Fairview Avenue, Pine Avenue, and Franklin Road,” said ITD spokesman Jake Melder.
Crews spent Tuesday afternoon filling the area with gravel to hopefully allow limited access to drivers overnight at a reduced speed of 25 miles per hour. As of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, the section was still closed to traffic.
Ada County Highway District officials say, at one point, some eighteen inches of water flowed over the section of road that typically sees 49,000 cars pass through each day.
“Crews have dug a trench ten feet wide, forty feet long, and eight feet deep to access the broken pipe. Once the pipe is repaired, ITD crews will repair the road. That includes backfilling the trench, removing broken asphalt around it, and repaving the section,” Melder explained.
Meridian Public Works personnel are helping repair crews and Meridian Police Department officers are assisting in traffic control.
Drivers are asked to avoid the area until further notice.