The City of Meridian is allocating more than $2 million to a “regionally important” bridge over I-84 to connect Linder Rd.
Meridian City Council approved budget amendments that would grant $2.5 million to build the overpass. The annual review of the Ada County Highway District Five Year Work Plan recognized the Linder Rd. overpass as a top transportation need. Through a City of Meridian survey, they also found that residents believe transportation is a priority.
“This is a significant financial investment, considering Meridian does not receive any transportation funding. I want to thank City Council for their support towards this project,” Meridian Mayor Robert Simison said in the news release. “I remain committed to investing our resources and prioritizing transportation solutions in the community so we can all enjoy spending more time at home, watching our kids play their games or being with our friends and less time sitting in traffic.”
City officials have discussed the Linder Rd. overpass for several years. Last November, city council, ACHD Commissioners, and Ada County Commissioners signed a letter to urge the Idaho Transportation Department to add the overpass to its current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
“This overpass is critical for drivers across our community,” Meridian City Council President Treg Bernt said. “From our emergency response reliability to the needs of local businesses, this is the right move for everyone involved.”
Ultimately, ITD and Compass will make the final call on the overpass. The news release says that the idea of allocating the funds is to show the city’s “willingness to partner on the funding and planning efforts to move the Linder Rd. overpass project forward.”