A portion of Zion Road will be closed for over a month for a planned improvement project.
Zion will close between Vantage Drive and Old Missouri Road from May 17 to June 29 while crews work to install a new sewer line under the existing roadway. The road will be closed 24 hours a day, and traffic will be detoured around the construction area, according to a news release.
Drivers traveling eastbound on Zion Road will detour south on Vantage Drive to Joyce Boulevard, then turn left on Joyce and head east toward Old Missouri Road. Drivers will then turn left on Old Missouri Road, until they return to Zion Road.
Drivers westbound on Zion Road will detour south on Old Missouri Road, then turn right on Joyce Boulevard and head west until they reach Vantage Drive. Drivers will then turn right on Vantage Drive and head north until they return to Zion Road.
The improvements are designed to create an improved east-west connection between Highway 265 and College Avenue. The work includes widening the road to make room for a center turn lane, a six-foot sidewalk and a 10-foot bike trail. Also, a mini roundabout is proposed at the intersection of Zion and Old Missouri Road. Staff have said about 180 new street trees are set to be planted along both sides of Zion throughout the work area sometime near the end of the project.
The project is part of the 2019 transportation bond program, but has been on the back burner since the previous voter-approved bond in 2006. That program called for a full makeover of Zion from College Avenue to Crossover Road, but the work stopped at Vantage Drive when the money was instead reallocated to fund a series of other higher priority transportation projects around town when bid prices were reduced due to the recession.
Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when traveling in the work area, and to allow for extra travel time or consider an alternate route.
For more information, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3586/Zion-Road-Improvements.