Improvements coming to Church Avenue in downtown Fayetteville

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

A major sidewalk and road improvement project is on tap for 2020 in downtown Fayetteville.

City Council members this month approved a list of proposed transportation projects for the year that includes changes to infrastructure along three blocks of Church Avenue.

The work includes building wider sidewalks, adding sidewalk lighting and planting street trees on the 900-foot stretch of Church Avenue from Spring Street to Mountain Street.

Proposed Church Avenue Plan

The City Council’s Transportation Committee is set to review the design plans for the project at its next meeting on Feb. 25.

» See the plans

The project will also incorporate ideas from a tactical urbanism project at the intersection of Church and Center Street, which included extended curb markings designed to encourage a slower flow of traffic and create a safer environment for pedestrians. The markings will be replaced with actual curb extensions during the construction work.

The intersection work is one of three tactical urbanism-influenced projects set for construction this year.

Crews are currently working to complete changes to the intersection of Rock Street and Mill Avenue that will add ramps and sidewalk connections to improve walkability in the area and help improve access to the nearby Yvonne Richardson Community Center. A tactical urbanism project completed at that intersection in 2017.

City staff said a third project, on Green Acres Road near the Fayetteville Montessori School, will add curb bump outs and pavement markings that are based on suggestions from an earlier tactical urbanism project.

The City Council’s Transportation Committee is set to review the proposed design plans for the Church Avenue project at its next meeting on Feb. 25. Funding for the work will come from the voter-approved transportation bond project.