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ACHD Meridian Split Corridor Phase II - City of Meridian

Friday, May 29, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Many City utility projects are constructed in conjunction with Ada County Highway District (ACHD) road projects. This saves Meridian taxpayers money and reduces the impact to traffic flow. Meridian Split Corridor - Phase 2 concentrated on Main Street and Meridian Road from Franklin Road to Cherry Lane-Fairview Avenue. This project created a crossover roadway, connecting Main Street to Meridian Road, between Franklin Road and the railroad crossing. It included the expansion of Meridian Road to five lanes from the crossover northward, to the Meridian/Cherry-Fairview intersection.

Though this was one of many utility projects built in conjunction with ACHD, there were many advantages to the City of Meridian:

Improves capacity for existing and future traffic volumes along the Main Street and Meridian Road Corridor

Accommodates future traffic volumes at the Main Street & Fairview-Cherry intersection and at the Meridian Road & Fairview-Cherry intersection

The Meridian Split Corridor project was identified in the Downtown Meridian Transportation Management Plan as the number one priority of the City of Meridian

For the City, this project meant an opportunity to expand and upgrade our current water and sewer infrastructure, in preparation for future development along Meridian Road. The City replaced thousands of feet of 12" and 15" Clay sewer trunk with new 21" PVC sewer. The existing 12" waterline was upgraded to PVC material. During the excavation for these new utilities, an old abandoned-in-place water main was discovered. The wire-wrapped, hollow wooden water main is believed to have been installed circa 1910 and is now on display at the Meridian Water Department.

In many ways, Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 added value and capacity for future growth to our utilities. This project provided the following upgrades to our system:

About 7,500 feet of new water main

About 8,300 feet of new sewer main

About 80 new water services

About 40 new sewer services

21 new hydrants

32 new manholes

Overall, the project cost the City about $2.6 million for utility construction and ACHD about $9 million. Though residents in the heart of Meridian endured nearly a year of utility and road construction, this project greatly improved our downtown traffic and utility capabilities. These improvements have equipped our community to create an environment conducive to future growth and development. We continue to build for business and design for living!

For more info, contact:

Ashley Newbry, Staff Engineer

208-898-5500

azumwalt@meridiancity.org


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