Nighttime lane closures planned during flyover work

Traffic passes by the work site of the new flyover bridge in north Fayetteville.

Staff photo

Drivers in north Fayetteville can expect overnight lane closures this week as a result of continued work on the College Avenue flyover bridge.

Traffic will be reduced to one travel lane in both directions along College Avenue from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday, June 6.

Crews will work overnight to cold mill the existing asphalt before laying a new asphalt surface on the bridge, according to a news release.

From the release:

Temporary traffic control devices and flag staff will be in place during these hours to direct traffic and ensure the safety of workers and the public. Motorists are advised to expect slow traffic during these periods and are urged to use extra caution in the work zone.

Officials had hoped for an early opening date sometime in May, but weather delays have pushed the project back to its original July completion estimate.

For more information, contact Chris Brown, city engineer at 479-575-8207.

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.