Final segment completes 5-mile trail loop in south Fayetteville

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Fayetteville has a new 5-mile loop for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Construction recently wrapped on a trail segment that extends Tsa La Gi Trail from Razorback Road to a previous dead end about 600 feet to the west.

The long-awaited project means trail users no longer need to detour south through the Baum-Walker Stadium parking lot.

Matt Mihalevich, the city’s trails coordinator, said the 5-mile loop is being called the “So Fay Loop.”

So Fay Loop map: Fayetteville Flyer

Developers of a new apartment building called The Marshall built the new trail segment as part of the construction work just south of the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road. One of the conditions of approval for the complex was that the developers build the missing section of the trail across their property. As part of that agreement, the city required that the trail be open by the time the apartments were ready for occupancy.

The city also entered a cost-share agreement with the developers for the installation of a pedestrian hybrid beacon crossing signal at Razorback Road.

Re-route on tap

Another recently approved project will reroute Tsa La Gi trail from the north side of a road called Indian Trail to the south side of the street where the University of Arkansas is currently building a 12-court tennis complex.

The trail currently runs along the north side of the road and crosses several restaurant driveways. The 725-linear-foot re-route will move the trail crossing away from the intersection and run through the trees by the tennis complex to bypass the Chick-fil-A and Sonic driveways.

The City Council in June agreed to pay $97,030 to the University of Arkansas for construction of the 12-foot-wide re-route.

Mihalevich said the re-route work should be completed by the end of the year.

Source: City of Fayetteville