Work continues on College Avenue flyover bridge

A crew works Tuesday to construct a bridge pier as part of the College Avenue flyover project.

Photo by Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Work continues this week on the College Avenue flyover bridge in north Fayetteville.

The long-awaited project will provide an alternative for northbound College Avenue drivers who normally make a U-turn at Joyce Boulevard to access the Fulbright Expressway.

A conceptual drawing shows how the flyover bridge will connect northbound College Avenue traffic to the Fulbright Expressway and the Mall Avenue and Shiloh Drive area.

Staff-modified graphic

Once complete, drivers may instead take a left lane bridge just north of Millsap Road that extends over southbound College Avenue traffic to head west on the Fulbright Expressway or exit onto Mall Avenue between Olive Garden and Logan’s Roadhouse.

Crews are currently working to install several bridge piers on the west side of northbound College Avenue.

To ensure two lanes of northbound traffic remain open, city engineer Chris Brown said a temporary lane will soon open that will shift traffic to the right while the far left lane is closed during construction of the bridge ramp. Brown said the traffic shift would likely begin sometime this month.

Emery Sapp & Sons of Columbia, Mo. is the contractor on the construction project, which is slated for completion in mid-2014.