Beam installation continues at flyover site

Traffic moves along College Avenue near the construction site of the new flyover bridge.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Drivers in north Fayetteville should have a clear understanding of what the new flyover bridge will look like by now.

Crews are wrapping up the second phase of steel beam installation this week, which will serve as the foundation for a new overhead roadway connecting northbound College Avenue traffic to the Fulbright Expressway.

Workers have been closing the expressway and southbound College Avenue traffic for 15-minute intervals at night over the past two weeks.

Motorists can expect similar lane restrictions and closures on eastbound/northbound Fulbright Expressway begining Monday, Sept. 9.

Temporary traffic control devices, including electronic message boards and flagging staff, will be in place to direct traffic if necessary.

College Avenue flyover bridge

The College Avenue flyover bridge is one of three projects in the Fayetteville Expressway Economic Development Corridor plan, which also includes a completed roundabout at Futrall Drive and Northhills Boulevard, and an extension and widening of Van Asche Drive between Gregg and Garland avenues.

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

The estimated $7.5 million flyover project is 80 percent funded by a 2006 federal earmark appropriation. The city’s portion will be paid from the Transportation Bond Fund. Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. is handling construction of the bridge and roadway improvements, Jacobs Engineering, Inc. is providing construction management and inspection services, and SourceGas, Inc. relocated a gas main.