May 13, 2011

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Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office


Public Invited to Ten Mile Interchange Dedication


Meridian, ID – (May 13, 2011) – On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., the City of Meridian will host a public ceremony to dedicate I-84’s Ten Mile Interchange which is expected to open by the end of the month. Featured speakers at the event will include Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, Idaho State Senator John McGee, and Idaho Transportation Board member Jerry Whitehead. Activities which will be held near the interchange deck will include a dedication planting and ribbon cutting.


Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd says, “The opening of the Ten Mile Interchange will be a significant milestone for the entire Treasure Valley, and especially for the citizens of Meridian. This project has been decades in the making and to see it come to fruition is extremely gratifying for everyone involved. In addition to expanding freeway access and enhancing traffic flow across the valley, this interchange provides a needed public safety access point and promises to be the catalyst for exciting new development in the surrounding area, bringing with it new opportunities and economic growth.”   


Prior to the 1:00 p.m. dedication ceremony, the Meridian Chamber of Commerce will hold a special luncheon at Ten Mile Christian Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The luncheon will feature a presentation about the Ten Mile Interchange and other relevant transportation issues by representatives of the Connecting Idaho Partnership, City of Meridian, and other transportation agencies. To attend the lunch, reservations must be made by calling the Meridian Chamber office at 888-2817.


Those who wish to attend either or both events are encouraged to park their vehicles at the nearby Ten Mile Christian Church, located at 3500 W. Franklin Road, and ride the free shuttle buses provided by Ten Mile Christian Church and the MGT Legacy Church which will take guests to and from the ceremony site.


The Ten Mile Interchange is part of the Connecting Idaho plan to improve I-84 between Caldwell and Meridian.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit