Drainage work to close a portion of Old Wire Road

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Drivers on Old Wire Road in east Fayetteville should a detour this week while crews work to repair a stormwater box culvert over Niokaska Creek.

A portion of Old Wire Road between Pittman Drive and Ash Street will be closed from Monday, Nov. 28 to Friday, Dec. 2, according to a news release.

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Suggested detour routes will be marked, and include using Broadview Drive, Austin Drive, and Ash Street. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when in the work area.

The box culvert repair is part of the current phase of the city’s Old Wire Road Improvement Project, which includes construction of a 5-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of Old Wire from Mission Boulevard to Ash Street.

Also included is a 10-foot wide shared-use paved trail along the east side of the road, an adjacent outside bicycle lane in each of the vehicle travel lanes, a new left-turn lane at Ash Street, 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 current phase from Mission to Ash is expected to be completed in fall 2017, while work on the two other jobs should wrap up in late 2016 or early 2017.

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