Public meeting planned to discuss Wedington interchange improvements

A conceptual drawing shows what a roundabout could look like on Wedington Drive just west of Interstate 540.

Source: City of Fayetteville

Update: State officials have no plans for a roundabout as part of upcoming improvements to the Wedington Drive interchange on Interstate 540 in west Fayetteville. More info here.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is asking for residents’ input in designing plans to improve the interchange at Interstate 540 and Wedington Drive in west Fayetteville.

A public meeting is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the cafeteria at Asbell Elementary School, 1500 N. Sang Ave.

The interchange is part of the Wedington Corridor Neighborhood Master Plan, which was drafted last year after a weeklong series of meetings designed to help city staff understand how residents want to see future development in the growing area west of I-540.

City planners envisioned a large roundabout at the interchange that would eliminate the two stoplights on the west side of the interchange, and that includes a “jug handle” loop to replace the existing left turn for eastbound Wedington vehicles entering northbound I-540 traffic.

The concept builds on Highway Department plans to widen the Wedington bridge as part of ongoing efforts to add lanes to I-540. State officials have also proposed widening Wedington in both directions between I-540 and Salem Road as part of the interchange work.

While the Highway Department has the final say on how the interchange is handled, input from residents and city officials could help steer the decision.

The public is invited to drop by anytime during the March 20 meeting to view displays, ask questions and offer comments. For more information, contact the department’s Environmental Division at 501-569-2281.