Douglas County and the Meridian Metropolitan District are working together with the Southeast Public Improvement District (SPIMD) on implementing improvements for three congested intersections which were impacted by the loss of the old I-25 frontage road (San Juan) as a result of the I-25 Widening and Lane Balance Project which was completed a few years ago that also required reconfiguring the northbound side of the I-25 / Lincoln Interchange.
Updates as of September 2019:
- Jamaica / Meridian Intersection Improvements – This $3.3 Million project involves realigning Havana and Meridian Boulevard in order to reduce congestion and improve safety and traffic operations. In 2019, we completed final design and anticipate bidding the project in the fall of 2019 (pending utility relocations which Meridian Metro District is responsible to coordinate and complete prior to construction); and construction is currently scheduled to be substantially completed before September 30, 2020. The County is partnering with Meridian Metro District (45% Meridian and 55% County) in order to advance the proposed improvements which, re-align the Meridian Boulevard so the north-south heavier traffic volume becomes the through movement. Also, the Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District (SPIMD) is contributing $250,000.
- Havana / Meridian and Lincoln / Havana Intersection Improvements – This $6 Million improvement project involves realigning Havana and Meridian Boulevard in order to reduce congestion and improve safety and traffic operations. Additionally, the County is hopeful to also to improve/reconstruct a portion of Lincoln Avenue to accommodate a triple left turn for the heavy traffic turning eastbound to northbound in the morning rush hour. In 2019, we completed preliminary design and plan to initiate a detailed surface utility investigation and final design in the fall of 2019, which will allow us to move utilities in 2020 and begin construction in 2021.
- Fall 2019 – Anticipated construction to start on Jamaica/Meridian Blvd intersection
- Summer 2020 – Anticipated construction to start on Lincoln/Havana/Meridian Blvd intersection