FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prepare for new turning movements at the intersection of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard
MERIDIAN – The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is modifying the intersection of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard. Rebuilding the intersection is part of ITD’s Eagle Road Improvement Project, which will continue for the next few months.
Crews are removing the free-running right-turns at the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection. When modifications are complete, drivers will pull up to the intersection and make a right turn when the signal allows, or when it is safe.
Rebuilding the intersection will include repaving Eagle Road. Raised medians also will be constructed on Chinden Boulevard (east of the intersection) and Eagle Road (south of the intersection). After the medians are in place, drivers will only be allowed to make right turns onto Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard.
(Video footage of the Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard intersection is available at the transportation department's FTP site for media use. Directions are provided below.)
“The elimination of free-running right-turns is a safety measure,” said Sgt. John Gonzales of the Meridian Police Department. “Over the past five years there have been 185 crashes at the intersection of Eagle and Chinden. The new turning movements will allow for a smoother traffic flow and also help reduce the number of sideswipe crashes.”
(An audio clip will be sent later today for use by radio stations.)
Construction is being done between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard will remain open at all times during reconstruction. At least one lane in each direction will remain open, but lanes might be restricted at night.
Access to businesses and residences near the intersection will remain open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Access may be temporarily restricted during nighttime paving. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: Access the transportation department's FTP site to retrieve the VNR at ftp1.idaho.gov