Rupple Road extension marks completion of the ‘Mayor’s Box’

Rupple Road (looking north) / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Construction on the final segment of the Rupple Road extension project was recently finalized, completing what’s known as the “Mayor’s Box.”

Crews recently wrapped up work on Rupple Road between Tanyard Drive and Weir Road after construction was completed in two separate projects. One project utilized a cost-share agreement with a Rupple Road property developer and the other was part of the transportation bond program that voters approved in 2019.

The work is the final phase in a series of projects that make up Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s longtime plan to build a 20-mile arterial loop around the edges of the city. The “Mayor’s Box,” as it’s commonly referred to, is designed not only to help motorists more easily travel through town, but also to drive economic development.

Rupple Road (looking south) / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The “box” includes Howard Nickell Road, Van Asche Drive and Joyce Boulevard to the north, Crossover Road to the east, Hunstville Road, 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south, and Rupple Road to the west.

This final section of Rupple Road includes four lanes with landscaped and lighted medians, turn lanes at key intersections, sidewalk along the east side, and a multi-use trail on the west side. Trees have been planted in the median as well as in the greenspace between the curb and the sidewalk/trail. The center median also serves as a water quality swale that filters stormwater before it enters the drainage system.

Map – Mayor’s Box