Oak Ridge Trail construction begins Wednesday, Dec. 29

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Oak Ridge Trail connection at Frisco Trail and Center Street in front of Trailside Cafe & Tea Room.

Update (1/6/11): Video added below.

Construction on a new half-mile branch of the city’s trail system is set to being Wednesday, Dec. 29.

The Oak Ridge Trail will connect with Frisco Trail on the north side of Center Street and head west to Harmon Avenue. From there, the trail will continue through the woods behind California Boulevard to end at Garland Avenue near Pomfret Hall on the UA campus.

Construction is expected to take about a week’s worth of working days to complete.

From the release:

Periodic lane closures or road closures should be expected on the section of Center Street between Gregg Street and Hill Avenue. Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to those traveling in this area during the construction process and signage will be placed to indicate detour routes as needed.

The cost of the $185,000 trail connection was made possible by a $116,543 federal grant the city received in 2009. The remainder of the cost was split evenly between the City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas.

“The Oak Ridge Trail will provide a safe alternative transportation route from the primary north-south trail of the system to the University of Arkansas and Fayetteville High School,” said Fayetteville Communications Director Lindsley Smith in a statement released last year.

A future phase of the trail will extend north between Stadium Drive and Garland Avenue and connect to Razorback Stadium.

Oak Ridge Trail project map / Source: City of Fayetteville