Old Wire Road improvements begin this week in Fayetteville

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A long-awaited plan to bring sidewalks and bicycle access to Old Wire Road is underway in east Fayetteville.

Crews this week began preparations for the Old Wire Road Improvement Project.

This phase of work includes construction of a 5-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of Old Wire from Mission Boulevard to Ash Street.

Chris Brown (right) city engineer, leads a tour of the intersection at Old Wire Road and Mission Boulevard to discuss improvement plans in March 2014.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Also included is a 10-foot wide shared-use paved trail along the east side of the road, an adjacent outside bicycle lane to each of the two vehicle travel lanes, a new left-turn lane at Ash Street, installation of a storm sewer, and removal or burial of some overhead power lines.

Additional infrastructure improvements are also underway in the area, including state-partnered work at the intersection of Old Wire and Mission Boulevard, and replacement of sanitary sewer lines along Old Wire Road from Ramsey Avenue to Overcrest Street.

Future phases will include improvements north to Crossover Road.

Construction of the new phase from Mission to Ash is expected to be completed in fall 2017, while work on the two other jobs should wrap up later this year.

The $2.5 million project is being paid for by the voter-approved Transportation Bond Program and money from the Water & Sewer Fund.