Video: Construction continues on Rupple Road extension

A new video posted by city officials this week offers a bird’s-eye view of the progress on the first phase of the Rupple Road Improvement Project in southwest Fayetteville.

Once complete, the 1.5-mile southern extension of Rupple Road will give west Fayetteville residents an easier way to get to Walmart, Lowe’s and the other businesses on the west side of Interstate 49.

» Enlarge map / Flyer Staff

Design plans include a landscaped median with roundabouts at three intersections and a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of the road. Aside from giving drivers a new route to the businesses along MLK, a planned 12-foot trail on Rupple will one day connect Fayetteville’s trail system to the recently acquired Mount Kessler land that includes over eight miles of hiking and mountain biking paths near the planned 200-acre regional park.

Officials believe the project will drive economic development in southwest Fayetteville. Once Rupple Road is extended, the fields and pastures that separate MLK Boulevard and Wedington Drive are expected to flourish with commercial and residential developments.

The existing roadway on Rupple from Persimmon Street to Wedington Drive will also be widened to four lanes, along with a short stretch on the north side of Wedington to Congressional Street.

The $7.3 million project is being funded using transportation bonds approved by voters in 2006.

Rupple Road southern extension

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