MERIDIAN — Beginning Thursday night, the southbound lane of Main Street between Broadway Avenue and Franklin Road will be closed to through traffic as part of the Meridian Split Corridor improvement projects.
Motorists heading south on Main Street after 10 p.m. will be diverted west on Broadway and south onto Meridian Road, beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the Ada County Highway Department.
The southbound detour off Main Street will remain in place until the project is finished in mid-September.
One lane will remain open for northbound traffic on Main Street. Access to Main Street businesses between Franklin and Broadway will also remain open.
Crews will work within the southbound travel lane on Main Street as they finish construction on a crossover road, located between the railroad tracks and King Street. The crossover road will link Main Street to Meridian Road.
Once complete, the two-lane road will divert most northbound through traffic from Main Street to Meridian Road, which will become the primary north-south route. The $8.5 million project to widen Meridian Road to five lanes between Bower Street and Cherry Lane and make major upgrades to city of Meridian sewer and water services began in October 2012. The year-long project is anticipated to complete one month ahead of schedule.
The project also adds 7-foot-side sidewalks on Meridian Road and involves rebuilding intersections at Main Street and Fairview Avenue and at Meridian Road and Cherry Lane.
There will also be an upgrade to Meridian's sewer and water systems to increase capacity and enhance service.
For additional information, visit www.meridiansplitcorridor.org or www.achdidaho.org.