Preview of the Meridian Road interchange rebuild firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Apr 12, 2013 (…) Example of a single-point urban interchange (SPUI). Note: This article was updated with correct time line information on Sept. 1, 2015.Road construction on the state’s second busiest interchange at Meridian Road and Interstate 84 starts in April of 2014 and will run through late 2015.The bridge’s daily traffic count of 128,000 has increased eightfold since 1965 when it was built. Story continues below video × Advertisement “Any bridge when it’s about 50, we’d like to replace that,” Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Reed Hollinshead said.Local feedback has been sparsed, Meridian Planning Department Planning Manager Caleb Hood said. Locals who speak out see the need for improvements — the interchange has pot holes and no sidewalks or bike lanes — but they’re not excited about more road construction so soon after North Meridian Road re-opens downtown.The bridge will remain open during construction with limited access, and ITD will work to minimize inconvenience to drivers, Hollinshead said.The new interchange will have sidewalks, bicycle lanes and more efficient traffic flow, he said.Meridian’s Interchange Task Force has worked closely with ITD to offer input on design. The city’s top priority was pedestrian and cyclist safety, Hood said, but the appearance of the interchange is also important. The Task Force decided on a theme inspired by the Snake River and Birds of Prey Conservation area.“It leads to our downtown, everyone’s going to see this, so it does need to be attractive and look like we care (and) invest something,” Hood said. “But we’re not trying to go over the top.”The state will pay for the basics, but extra art and landscape elements will fall to the city’s general fund, pending City Council’s approval. The task force is working with ITD to reach a final design plan and a budget proposal. Tags Interchange Construction Bridge Meridian HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!