The Ada County Highway District offered the Tylenol to Meridian drivers' commuting headaches with the announcement that traffic flow will finally be unrestricted at two busy intersections.
All lanes will open to traffic Wednesday morning at the Fairview Avenue/Main Street and Meridian Road/Cherry Lane intersections. They have been under construction since late February as part of the Meridian Split Corridor Phase 2 project.
The revamped intersections have been widened to include additional through and turn lanes to accommodate the new Meridian Road configuration, which includes five lanes from Cherry Lane, south to the railroad tracks.
Some parts of the project are still being worked on, ACHD said, but substantial completion is expected by Thursday, Sept. 19. Until then, drivers southbound on Main Street will continue to be routed west on Pine or Broadway avenues and onto Meridian Road.
The $8.5 million project that began in October 2012 will wrap up a month ahead of schedule, ACHD said. A dedication is set for Sept. 19, when the new road connecting Main Street to Meridian Road is opened.