College Avenue construction to begin in Fayetteville

Traffic moves along College Avenue between East Rebecca Street and Trenton Boulevard.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The latest phase of the College Avenue Improvement Project is set to begin Monday, March 7.

The project, which includes a full redesign of the half-mile stretch of College Avenue between Maple and North streets, should last about nine months.

Similar to improvements made south of Maple Street, the work will include building new, 10-foot sidewalks with lighting and street trees, replacement of the curbs and gutters, and burial of many existing overhead power lines.

City Engineer Chris Brown talks with residents about the College Avenue Improvement Project during a public input session in August.

Todd Gill

City staff said a pedestrian crossing near East Rebecca Street and Trenton Boulevard will be included if permitted by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

The work will start on the east side of College between North and Cleburn streets and move south until complete.

Northbound traffic on College will be reduced to one lane from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, with work hours possibly extended during the summer months. Keith Shreve, the city’s assistant transportation manager, said drivers can expect traffic delays during work hours and should consider taking alternate routes. Work should be completed by November, according to a news release.

Terry Gulley, Transportation Services director, said last summer the project should cost about $2 million. The work is being funded using transportation bonds voters approved in 2006.