Meridian road project complete

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- The construction cones and backed-up traffic that have been familiar sights in Meridian will be cleared out today.

Phase two of the Meridian Split Corridor project is complete one month early.

The project included sewer upgrades, the addition of large sidewalks, a cross-over roadway, and widened intersections.

"This project really goes back to many years ago, when the city developed a vision for the Downtown Meridian," said Christine Myron, the spokeswoman for Ada County Highway District. "And that involves serving motorists that want to pass through the area, to get to their destination, whether it be work or home. And then those who want to travel to downtown meridian, so really taking a lot of that pressure off main street so that it's a more walkable, pedistrian area"

It cost $8.5 million to complete and an incentive will be given to the contractor who sped along the job.

More work still needs to be done on sidewalks and landscaping, but that should not impede traffic.

Business owners who have had a front row seat to the construction are glad the project is over but unsure of the benefit that will come of the new roadways.

"We're excited about it, we're ready for the construction to be done and over and to see the finished project, so we're ready," said Brooke Robbins, manager of Hungry Onion Drive-in.

The traffic on N Main St in front of Sassy and Classy Salon dropped to one lane, and that discouraged customers.

"Well, I had to go clear around to get here. Back roads and back here to get here. And so did this lady, she had to go clear around to get here, said Karla Winks, a customer at Sassy and Classy Salon. "It just doesn't make sense."

Phase one of the project was done in 2009.