Ribbon-cutting planned for Clabber Creek Trail extension in west Fayetteville

Photos: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Fayetteville officials will celebrate the completion of 0.75-mile extension to Clabber Creek Trail during a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

The ceremony will take place near the trail underpass at Rupple Road between Edgewater Drive and Thames Drive in west Fayetteville. The event will include a guided walking tour of the new trail led by Matt Mihalevich, the city’s trails coordinator. Parking is available along both sides of Rupple Road.

The original section of the Clabber Creek Trail was built in 2007 and traverses along the creek for 0.75 miles from Hosta Drive to Rupple Road. The new trail segment connects with the original at the Rupple Road underpass, and continues east along the Clabber Creek nature corridor across Salem Road to the Gary Hampton Softball Fields and Holcomb Elementary School.

The new, 12-foot-wide concrete path includes an elevated concrete boardwalk spanning more than 700 feet over sensitive wetlands and a 50-foot-long weathering steel bridge over Clabber Creek near Salem Road. A crosswalk, with solar-powered LED flashing warning lights and push-button activation, is set to soon be installed at the Salem Road crossing.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

From a news release:

Funding for the trail was provided through a 50:50 matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The bridge along Salem Road was funded through a Safe Routes to Schools program grant administered through the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD). The trail was designed in-house by City engineers and constructed by the trail construction crew from the City’s Transportation Division. Sweetser Construction assisted with the bridge installation. This project was finished under budget and ahead of schedule.

A future extension of the trail is scheduled for construction throughout 2019, and will include another 3.3 miles of concrete trail to the east from Gary Hampton Softball Fields to Garland Avenue (Hwy 112), where it will connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway at Van Asche Drive.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Clabber Creek Trail Map