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Drainage improvements prompt temporary closure of Meridian Road

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Posted at 1:53 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 13:55:25-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County officials have announced the temporary closure of Meridian Road to address persistent flooding issues in the area.

Beginning Monday, May 11 Meridian Road will be closed between John Hancock Drive and Timberlane Road just north of the I-10 overpass.

Originally scheduled to begin June 1 during summer break, county staff accelerated the 10-week long construction project to align with less traffic on the road as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials say the project will improve water quality and reduce flooding in the southeast area of Lake Jackson.

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During the road closure, traffic will be redirected to Thomasville Road with appropriate signage.

Historically, heavy rain has caused water to overtop Meridian Road and created hazardous conditions. To reduce flooding, Leon County will improve drainage and install large box culverts to move water beneath the roadway.

Such improvements will also treat stormwater and reduce soil erosion, improving the health of adjacent wetlands and Lake Jackson.

The temporary closure of Meridian Road is part of a larger drainage improvement project for the area which started in March 2020.

While Meridian Road will reopen by August 2020, the county says other improvements will be completed by March 2021 and will not require further road closures.