Tunnel work underway at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Crews are working to build a tunnel at Frisco Trail and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville.

Photo by Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was recently reduced from five to two lanes as part of a tunnel construction project in south Fayetteville.

The tunnel is part of a half-mile extension of Frisco Trail, which will soon extend south past The Grove apartments before crossing South School Avenue beside El Camino Real restaurant to eventually connect to the Walker Park trail and the planned Town Branch Trail.

Traffic moves along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the construction site of a 100-foot-long tunnel under the roadway.

Todd Gill

The tunnel will stretch from the east side of MLK to an area near the Farmers Cooperative building. From there, trail users can continue to Walker Park or head west toward Tsa La Gi Trail.

Crews are currently working on the north part of the tunnel. Once that side is complete, lane closures will shift to the south.

Matt Mihalevich, the city’s trails coordinator, said last month he wants the 100-foot-long tunnel in place before the first Arkansas home football game on Aug. 31 in order to have all lanes of traffic

The trail extension is being paid for using grant money from the Walton Family Foundation as part of the Razorback Regional Greenway, a planned 36-mile trail that will stretch from south Fayetteville to Bella Vista.

Razorback Regional Greenway