West Fayetteville trail connection complete along Porter Road

A cyclist crosses the offramp roadway at Porter Road and Interstate 540 during construction of a new trail connection early last week in west Fayetteville.

Photos: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Cyclists in west Fayetteville now have an alternative to sharing the roadway with cars and trucks under the Interstate 540 bridge along Porter Road.

Meadow Valley Trail map

A highly anticipated trail project was completed last week, which gives trail users a separated path of their own when riding the quarter-mile stretch between Meadow Valley Trail and the bike lanes on Mount Comfort Road.

Matt Mihalevich, the city’s trails coordinator, said the tight path that winds through the bridge pillars under I-540 was only temporary.

He said a new permanent path would be constructed which gives trail users more room under the bridge once interchange improvements are made as part of a state project to widen I-540.

Meadow Valley Trail stretches just over two miles west from Scull Creek Trail to Porter Road, providing a link between the backbone of the city’s trail system and the neighborhoods to the west of I-540. It includes a 270-foot lighted tunnel under Garland Avenue at Agri Park that was built exclusively for trail users.

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