Grant money to help fund Frisco Trail repair in Fayetteville

Photos: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

A damaged section of Frisco Trail will undergo repair work next year thanks to $56,000 in federal-aid funds.

Aldermen last week approved an agreement with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to secure funds through the Arkansas Recreational Trails Program for the repair of a 670-foot section of trail from Maple Street to Frisco Avenue.

The trail is part of the Razorback Greenway, a series of multi-use paths that stretch from south Fayetteville to Bella Vista.

Through the years a portion of the trail has degraded along the steep cut near the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad.

Matt Mihalevich, the city’s trails coordinator, said a geotechnical analysis determined that the subgrade below the trail has shifted causing large cracks on the trail surface. Mihalevich said crews have repaired the cracks several times, but a permanent solution is needed. The report recommended excavation of the existing trail down to the solid shale, followed by a re-build using new fill, base and concrete.

City officials in May applied for repair funding and were notified in September of the award. The grant requires a 20 percent match from the city. The total cost of the trail replacement is estimated at $70,000, meaning Fayetteville will chip in $14,000 from its Trail Development Capital Improvement Program.

Mihalevich said the work would begin once temperatures start to rise in late spring or early summer 2017.

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