Detour alert: Garland Avenue near Agri Park, Dec. 15

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A recently constructed trail tunnel under Garland Avenue at Agri Park will soon help connect trail goers in west Fayetteville to Scull Creek Trail.

The city’s transportation division issued a news release indicating that work will begin on a short project to smooth and level asphalt on Garland Avenue this week over the newly installed pedestrian trail tunnel at the intersection of Knapp Street near Agri Park.

Work begins at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 and is expected to be finished by about 3 p.m. the same day, weather permitting.

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The project will require temporary closure of Garland Avenue in that area. Traffic will be rerouted through Agri Park, and according to the news release, signage will be in place to safely direct motorists through the construction zone.

Driving through Agri Park isn’t a major detour, but it’s fairly slow-going, so you might want to consider an alternate route on Thursday.

We asked trails coordinator Matt Mihalevich what the status is on the tunnel and trail project. He said the tunnel is complete but the trail still needs drainage work and a retaining wall.

If all goes according to plan, the entire trail connection from Porter Road to Scull Creek Trail should be open by spring 2012.

For a more detailed look at the city’s trail system, see the interactive map at