Razorback Road widening planned, public meeting scheduled for April 4

Traffic flows along Razorback Road near Reynolds Razorback Stadium Wednesday morning. A quarter-mile stretch of the road is set to be widened to four lanes from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Leroy Pond Drive.

Todd Gill, Flyer staff

With funding finally coming together, the state, city, and University of Arkansas are preparing to move forward with long-awaited plans to widen Razorback Road.

Preliminary designs for the first phase of the project – widening from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Leroy Pond Drive – are set to be reviewed during a public meeting set for Thursday, April 4 at Fayetteville High School, 994 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Public Meeting

What: A public meeting to review preliminary plans for widening Razorback Road from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Leroy Pond Drive
When: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 4
Where: Fayetteville High School cafeteria, 994 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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The drop-in style meeting will be open to the public from 4-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Residents are invited to view exhibits, ask questions, and offer comments.

The $2.6 million project includes widening the quarter-mile stretch of road to four lanes with turning lanes and stoplights at Leroy Pond, building sidewalks on both sides of the road and closing several entrances along the east side of Razorback.

The project will be funded using a $1 million federal contribution and $1.1 million in federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) money distributed through the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

Fayetteville Street Committee members voted Tuesday to use Transportation Improvement Bond Program funds to split with the university the remaining $520,000 required local match.

Future phases of the project include continued widening of Razorback north to Maple Street and then east to Garland Avenue. Funds for the estimated $12 million completion of the project have not yet been identified.